NMAA girls' soccer state brackets see changes, scrutiny following unveiling

J.P. Murrieta
October 23, 2017 06:50 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The NMAA girls’ soccer state championship brackets were unveiled Sunday, but by the next day changes were being made by officials.


In Division 5A, the updated field of 12 teams switched in Valencia and took out Santa Teresa, after it was discovered Santa Teresa played an extra game, affecting the rankings.There was also a mistake when compiling data, leading to an inaccurate first version of the bracket.

Meanwhile, in Division 6A, the two-time defending state champion Cibola Cougars are the 5-seed, leaving them on the outside when it comes to a potential bye. The Cougars play Rio Rancho on Friday.

Cibola head coach Gary Zink made it clear he is not happy they play a district rival in the opening round when the winner goes on to face another district opponent in Volcano Vista.

“I just thought, with the strength of schedule the school had, that would be more reflective (on) the level of competition they wanted to have at the end of the bracket, not at the beginning of the bracket,” Zink said. “I’m surprised they put that kind of competition at the beginning of the brackets.”


J.P. Murrieta

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