Mitty tied St. Francis for the WCAL title and will be in the Open Division playoffs.
Prep2Prep CCS Girls Soccer Playoff Projections
FINAL UPDATED 2/18/2017
We present the final Central Coast Section Girls Soccer Playoff Projections based on the latest information available to Prep2Prep through the end of the regular
season. We have done our best to accurately portray the schedules and results of the 100+ teams that compete in the Central Coast Section.
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CCS implemented an Open Division for girls soccer in 2015-16. The 5 "A" league champions plus the next three highest point-total
getters will comprise an eight-team elite playoff field. The other 32 teams in the playoff field will be split according to enrollment with the top 16
in Division I and the rest of the teams in Division II.
Pacific Collegiate defeated Greenfield and The King's Academy knocked off Woodside Priory to claim the final two automatic bids in the field in play-in games in their
Leland became playoff eligible with a 3-0 win over Willow Glen and should grab one of the final at-large spots. Branham lost 1-0 at Piedmont Hills and was eliminated from
Valley Christian would have had enough points to qualify but will not meet the .500 requirement.
Last year on the boys' side, the PSAL was denied an automatic bid because it did not have the requisite six varsity teams. According to our records, there are only five girls
teams in the PSAL, which would make it ineligible for an automatic bid.
For the formula used to calculate CCS points, please click
. Keep in mind that only a team's final 18 games count
toward CCS point-total calculations. Also, a team must have at least a .500 record in league or overall to be considered. Higher-seeded teams host
in the first round except in the case when the lower-seeded team is a division champion and the higher-seeded team is not.
In the first round, teams from the same league cannot face each other, so seedings are adjusted to
avoid such matchups. Also first- and second-place teams from the same league cannot be placed in the same side of the bracket so we avoid those
situations as well.
First, a few assumptions:
ASSUMPTION 1: points are calculated on the assumption that an individual team will lose the rest of its games. The bonus points for playing
a league champion are included in the calculation. In other words, the point total you see represents the minimum point total for a given
team as of today.
ASSUMPTION 2: in calculating points awarded for playing league champions, points were split according to the number of teams currently
tied for first place. For instance, per CCS rules, teams are awarded bonus points for playing a league champion; if a team played a team
that is currently in a three-way tie for first, we credit the team one-third of the points. If two teams at the top of a league have not played the
same number of games, we assume league champ based on points per game.
ASSUMPTION 3: for out-of-section teams that we were unable to find accurate records, we assumed them to be "B" teams and not division champs.
ASSUMPTION 4: in cases where teams have not played the same amount of games, we compare teams in the same league on a points per game basis.
ASSUMPTION 5: teams will apply for CCS and we will use league bylaws to determine order of finish as applicable. For instance if two at-large
teams apply for CCS from the same league, some league's bylaws mandate that the team that finished higher in the league standings must get in
first whereas other leagues rank at-large teams based on CCS points. We are assuming no teams will pull out of consideration.
ASSUMPTION 6: the MTAL hold a playoff to determine the final automatic bid. In the MTAL, it's the third-place team in the Mission Trail against the champion
of the Coastal Division. Because the team from the higher league has nearly always won this game in the past, we assume that team gets the
NOTE: CCS points are in parentheses and the projected home team is listed in CAPS.
The "A" league champions are: Leigh (BVAL-Mount Hamilton), Menlo-Atherton (PAL-Bay), Aptos (SCCAL), Mountain View (SCVAL-De Anza) and Mitty (WCAL). Even though Mitty and
St. Francis wound up tied on points, Mitty gets the full tiebreaker as per WCAL bylaws. That includes the 9-point bonus for winning the league outright.
The three at-large spots belong to Mountain View (64.5 CCS points), St. Francis (63) and Salinas (60.5). Salinas has a whopping 18.5 bonus points, edging out Mitty, which
has 16. That means by our projection, Mitty - despite winning the best league in CCS - will have to travel to Salinas for a first-round match. Not only that, because St. Francis
is not considered a league champ, the Lancers will have to travel to Leigh for the first round according to our projections.
DIVISION I: After the eight top teams are placed in the Open, the 16 teams with the highest enrollment are placed in Division I with the remaining 16 teams
placed in Division II.
Lowest enrollment schools: Overfelt (1,623) and Aragon (1,593).
DIVISION II: Finally, the remaining 16 teams as ranked by enrollment are placed in Division II.
We moved Sacred Heart Prep down two spots to keep the Gators on the opposite side of the bracket from Menlo. Even though SHP is in first place in the WBAL-Foothill, we have Menlo
with a higher point total.
We moved Carmel down a spot to avoid being on the same side of the bracket as Soledad.
Highest enrollment schools: Presentation (1,520) and Sobrato (1,484).
As mentioned earlier, there are a total of 11 at-large teams included in the complete field of 40 CCS playoff teams. Here's a brief look at
the list of at-large teams, including the last five teams that made it based on our CCS point calculations and the first five that would be left out if the season ended now.