Monday afternoon local girls soccer coaches gathered to establish the quickly approaching District 5-AAA postseason and discus the previous season.
Soddy-Daisy earned the top stop and the first round bye with an undefeated season in the league, going a perfect 6-0.
McMinn is the second-seed (4-1-1) and will host seventh-seeded Rhea County (0-6) Saturday at 10 a.m.
The third-seeded Ooltewah Lady Owls (3-2-1) will welcome in the sixth-seeded Walker Valley Lady Mustangs (1-5) for an 11 a.m. showdown.
When the two teams met earlier in the season, Walker Valley held strong defensively in the first half of play. However, the Lady Owls were able to storm back with a strong second half, winning the match 4-nil at Walker Valley.
Fifth-seeded Cleveland (3-3) will be looking for some vindication against rival fourth-seeded Bradley Central (3-3).
The Bearettes will host the match at 1 p.m. on Bradley High School’s football field, and the Lady Raiders will be hoping the change of venue also translates into a change of outcome.
Earlier in the season, both teams met at the Greater Cleveland Soccer Complex. Through 80 minutes, the teams found themselves knotted at 1-all. At that point the match was the first in the district to fall under the new golden-goal overtime ruling.
In the extra period, Bradley senior Alexia Hubbard stole the show when she found the back of the net just minutes into overtime to end the match and give Bradley the victory.
The group also moved to discuss the new overtime rule in their offseason meeting. Currently, the rule stands as two 10-minute golden goal periods. Golden goal means that the first goal of the overtime period ends the match, similar to a sudden death format.
During the meeting the group discussed the possibility of reducing the periods to five minutes instead of 10 or moving to penalty kicks to decide matches.
After Saturday’s opening round, the semifinals will take place at 7 p.m. at the home of the higher seed.
The winner of Bradley vs. Cleveland will travel to take on the top-seeded Lady Trojans. Soddy-Daisy handed Cleveland a 1-nil defeat and Bradley an 8-1 loss earlier in the season.
Thursday’s final round will also take place at 7 p.m. at the home of the higher seed.