Late March can mean only one thing for Jacksonville High School's soccer teams: it's state playoff time, once again.
The Fight'n Indians and the Fight'n Maidens have qualified for Class 4A post-season play, though each team had a much more difficult road to travel than they have in the past.
The Jacksonville boys, the third-place team out of 35-4A, will take on Bryan Rudder at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Conroe ISD Stadium.
The Tribe took an 11-9, 6-3 35-4A, record into its regular-season finale Friday night at Center (results not available as of press time).
The Indians have struggled at times this season with a bevy of new faces playing in new places, but finished out the regular season on an uptick and appear to be heading into the post season in decent form.
Jacksonville's girls went through what head coach Kiff Wiemers labeled as “a rebuilding year” this season.
On top of that, injuries and illness to key players in the last month of the season have taken its toll on the Maidens (8-13-1. 5-4)
Nevertheless, the Jacksonville girls, who were scheduled to have dropped the drape on the regular season last night with a home match against Center, a team they beat 3-0 earlier in the year, came into that face off with a two-game losing streak after dropping identical 1-0 decisions to both Palestine and Lufkin Hudson.
The Maidens are the fourth-place team out of 35-4A and will take on either College Station or Brenham at 7 p.m. (tentative time) Tuesday at Waco ISD Stadium.
“We have had some struggles this season and we are just glad to be a part of the playoffs,” Wiemers said. “Once you get in, everyone's record is 0-0 and you never know what will happen.”
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