Playoff brackets unveiled for soccer, field hockey

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Kevin Turano leads the Wildcats into the playoffs against Westhampton.

Section XI released the playoff brackets for boys and girls soccer as well as field hockey Friday afternoon.

Here are the matchups for local teams. Complete brackets can be found at the Section XI website.


Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

No. 3 Shoreham-Wading River


No. 6 Harborfields

The Wildcats had a superb regular season run under first-year coach Adrian Gilmore, finishing with a 9-3-1 record for third place in League VII. Shoreham lost its regular season finale 2-1 at Bayport-Blue Point, which ultimately gave the Phantoms a higher seed. The Phantoms were the No. 2 seed after finishing 12-2 in League VII. The Wildcats won the first matchup against Bayport earlier in the season.

Harborfields is a League V team and does not boast a record expected of a playoff team. The Tornadoes finished in last place in League V with a 2-9-1 record. Harborfields and Islip were the only Class A teams in the league that featured all Class AA teams. Islip also finished with a losing record and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.


Thursday, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River


No. 5 Westhampton

The Wildcats finished with an 8-3-1 record in League VI and 10-4-2 overall. After stumbling a bit in mid-October, losing back-to-back games to John Glenn 5-0 and East Hampton 4-0, the Wildcats bounced back to close out the regular season with four straight victories. One of those wins came against Westhampton, 3-2, a victory that now helps give the Wildcats the home field advantage in the playoffs. Shoreham’s last game was Tuesday, a 2-1 win over Mount Sinai.

Westhampton finished 7-4-1 in league and 10-5-1 overall. Westhampton won the first matchup between the teams.


Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Shoreham-Wading River


No. 5 Miller Place

The four-time defending county champion Wildcats find themselves with a lower seed than they’ve been accustomed to during their run of titles. Nevertheless, they’ll be facing the same teams as usual, starting with a first-round matchup against Miller Place.

The Panthers were responsible for the Wildcats’ last loss, which dropped them out of first place in Division III. Miller Place won 1-0. Shoreham finished 12-2 in D-III and 13-3 overall. Miller Place was 10-4 and 10-6.

The Wildcats finished in second place in the standings behind Rocky Point despite having a better record. The Eagles finished 11-3, having lost twice to Shoreham. But, the power points worked out in their favor anyway.

It’s a situation the Wildcats have been in before. In 2008 they finished one game ahead of Miller Place, which included two victories against the Panthers. But Miller Place still had more power points and earned the higher seed. Shoreham didn’t flinch and beat Miller Place in the playoffs en route to a county championship.

If the Wildcats win Tuesday, they’ll travel to top-seeded Sayville. The Golden Flashes went undefeated in Division II with a 16-0 overall record.

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