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August 17, 2022

South Monterey County teams compete in basketball, soccer playoffs

SALINAS VALLEY — With the regular season ending for fall sports, the start of the postseason has begun with South Monterey County sending six teams to Central Coast Section playoffs. 

After finishing games last week on Monday and Tuesday, all the teams now had to wait to see where they would be seeded in the playoffs.

Soledad Aztecs 

Soledad Aztec boys’ basketball team, which were co-champs of the Santa Lucia Division, found out they would get the automatic bid after winning a coin toss over Watsonville.

The Aztecs were put into the Division III bracket, with the first match-up against the No. 11 seed Prospect. Soledad went into the game riding a 10-game winning streak, but that came to an end as Prospect won, 70-35.

After the Soledad girls’ soccer team finally beat their rivals, Monterey, to win the Cypress Division, they had to await their fate to see where they got seeded. The Lady Aztecs were the only South Monterey County girls’ team to make the soccer playoffs.

The Lady Aztecs received the No. 1 seed in the Division IV bracket, meaning they get to play all their playoff matches at home. Their first game was against the eighth seed, Monte Vista Christian, the results of which came in after press deadlines.

Greenfield Bruins

At the end of the regular season, the Greenfield Bruin boys’ soccer team finished in second place in the Cypress Division, behind Carmel. However, it was reported that Carmel had to forfeit five league games because they played with an ineligible player. 

This meant Greenfield would now share the league title with North Monterey County.

The Bruins received the No. 6 seed in the Division IV bracket. 

Their first match was against the third seed, Seaside. Greenfield ultimately lost by a score of 3-0.

Entering last Tuesday, the Greenfield girls’ basketball team had already secured part of the Santa Lucia title. If they wanted to be outright champs, the Lady Bruins had to beat the King City Mustangs in their season finale, which they did 48-41, capturing the title.

Greenfield received the 10th seed in the Division III playoffs. For the first time, the Lady Bruins hosted a home playoff game when they took on Del Mar High School.

Del Mar, however, was able to pull off the upset and beat Greenfield, 39-31.

King City Mustangs

King City Mustang boys’ soccer team came up just short of winning the Mission Division when they lost in the final game of the regular season.

Although the Mustangs didn’t win the league title, that didn’t stop the committee from giving them the No. 1 seed in the Division IV bracket.

In their first match of the playoffs, King City took on Latino Prep. The Mustangs got off to a 2-0 lead in the first half and never looked back as they advanced to the next round.

King City players Josh Garcia and Victor Narez each scored goals. Narez now has 14 goals this season.

The Mustangs will host Summit Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.

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