Boys Soccer: Class 3A regionals looking wide openEast Aurora's Franky Ortiz knocks an header over Waubonsie Valley defender John Chapman on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at East Aurora High School in Aurora IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 9, 2012 7:57PM
If team A is greater than team B and team B is greater than team C, does that guarantee that team C is greater than team A? And where do teams Batavia through Waubonsie Valley figure into the geometric theory that constitutes the boys soccer Class 3A playoffs?
With most of the area’s schools among those assigned to the four regionals that feed into the 18-school West Chicago Sectional, the only safe bet is not too assume the seeding of teams guarantees results.
“Just look at some results since the seeding meeting took place and you could easily argue that another meeting would probably change some team’s seed,” Neuqua Valley coach Skip Begley said. “The No. 1 seed (Naperville Central) just lost in overtime to the No. 2 seed (Naperville North), and prior to that, that No. 2 lost to the No. 13 seed (West Aurora), which is the only team I’m worried about.
“When you have as many quality programs like we have in our area, you can look at everybody’s schedule and make an argument for why that team could be seeded higher. Then take into account who’s hot or who has a tradition of postseason, and it could all change again.”
“No doubt the competition in this area is really good and many people are evenly matched,” Waubonsie Valley coach Angelo DiBernardo said. “Some will always be favored or some will have a better record, but once the playoffs begin, those results can all go out the window. What counts now is not what you’ve done on paper, but what happens on the field.”
That kind of reality is not lost on Troy Adams or his Naperville Central squad which is the top seed and hoping to surpass last year’s state runner-up showing. A year ago, the Redhawks took out previously undefeated and top-seeded Naperville North. Those Huskies just handed Naperville Central its first loss for 2012.
Or, as Adams put the top seed into another perspective: “That simply means you get to wear white in every match, if you can keep winning.”
Obviously there are numerous bridesmaids willing to take over that role.
The playoffs begin Friday with a regional prelim that has No. 16 Geneva hosting No. 17 Batavia which prompted the following observation from Begley: “What other sectional would ever have teams with the tradition and quality of Geneva and Batavia be seeded that low? I don’t think anyone would be willing to bet the mortgage on every higher seed winning every contest.”