Five prep soccer teams from San Luis Obispo County learned Monday that they’ll open the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs with home games this week, as the section office announced its playoff pairings.
On the boys side, in Division 5, both Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles will open with first-round matches at home at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Eagles (14-5-4), the PAC 7 champions, will host Santiago of Garden Grove (14-4-2), while the Bearcats (15-6-2), the PAC 7’s runner-up, will welcome Oak Park (11-11-1).
Arroyo Grande’s outright league title this year was its first in six seasons. The Eagles were ranked No. 9 in the division’s final regular-season poll.
Nipomo (11-12-2), the fourth-place finisher in the Los Padres League, will have a home Division 3 wild-card game at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Canyon (9-4-9) of Canyon Country. Additionally, Coast Union (15-1-1), competing as an independent, will start the postseason with a 3 p.m. Friday first-round contest at home against Banning (11-10-4) in Division 6.
One county boys team will open on the road: San Luis Obispo (13-9-1), the fourth-place finisher in the PAC 7, will play at Cerritos Valley Christian (14-5-1) in a Division 5 wild-card game at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
On the girls side, Arroyo Grande (12-3-3), which finished third in the PAC 7 standings, will open at Los Altos of Hacienda Heights (18-3-4) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for a first-round contest in the Division 3 bracket.
In Division 3 wild-card action at 3 p.m. today, PAC 7 fourth-place finisher San Luis Obispo (11-10-3) will host Mayfair of Lakewood (10-9-1), while at-large entrant Paso Robles (15-7-2) will travel to face Knight of Palmdale (15-6-2).
Morro Bay’s girls (7-12-3), who finished No. 4 in the Los Padres League, will play at Rio Mesa of Oxnard (8-10-4) at 3 p.m. today in a Division 5 wild-card game.
Coast Union (8-8-1), competing as a freelance program just like the Broncos’ boys squad, will take to the road to play at Hemet (21-2-1) in a Division 6 first-rounder at 3 p.m. Thursday.