The area girls soccer teams learned their paths to a state title Friday afternoon as the CIAC released its Class LL, L, M and S brackets. In all, four of the six area teams qualified for postseason play in their respective classes.
In Class LL, two out of three teams found their places on the bracket. After a 12-4-0 regular season, Newington was awarded the No. 9 seed and will host No. 24 McHahon (7-8-1) at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Should it take care of business, it would face the winner of the eighth-seeded Staples (11-2-3) and No. 25 NFA (7-8-1). If NFA manages to beat Staples, Newington would host the second round, but if Staples wins, the Indians would have to travel for that round. Either way, the game will be played Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Southington joins Newington in the tournament as the 15 seed. The Blue Knights (10-5-1) will host 18-seeded Trumbull (8-6-2) at 2 p.m. on Monday.
This could be a close match and if Southington comes out on top, a date with No. 2 Ridgefield (14-2-0), who will be coming off a bye week, will be waiting on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
New Britain did not qualify for the LL tournament after a 4-11-1 season.
Out in Class L, after a 12-4-0 regular season, Berlin is the No. 11 seed and will take on No. 22 Lauralton (6-7-3) at home at 4 p.m. on Monday.
If everything goes the Redcoats’ way, they will travel to Masuk for a 2 p.m. game on Wednesday to face the sixth-seeded Panthers (12-1-2).
Innovation received the highest seed out of any area team this season. The Ravens (12-2-2), formerly Med-Ed Prep, earned the No. 3 seed and a first round bye. But the second round will not be an easy game for them. Innovation will host either No. 14 Bolton (9-7-0) or No. 10 East Windsor (8-8-0) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
No team qualified from Class M after Plainville missed its chance with a loss in its final match of the regular season to Berlin to finish 4-9-3.