Tooele County’s three high school girls soccer teams are preparing for the postseason, set to kick off Saturday with first-round contests.
Both Grantsville and Stansbury received first-round byes, and will serve as host teams for second-round matchups, while Tooele will travel to southern Utah for a first-round match.
Tooele (3-13, 1-11 Region 10) earned the No. 19 seed in the Class 4A bracket, and will meet No. 15 Cedar City (7-9, 6-8 Region 9) in a first-round matchup. The Reds finished sixth in Region 9, losing their final three matches in a wide-open league where each team won at least five region games. The only opponent the Buffaloes and Reds have in common is Juan Diego, with Tooele losing twice to the Soaring Eagle and Cedar City beating them 4-0. The winner of Saturday’s match will meet No. 3 Ridgeline in a second-round game at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Millville.
Stansbury (11-5, 9-3 Region 10) earned the No. 5 seed in Class 4A, and earned a bye along with the rest of the top 11 teams. The Stallions will face either 12th-seeded Crimson Cliffs (9-7, 8-6 Region 9) or 21st-seeded Ben Lomond (1-14, 1-11 Region 10) in the second round Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Stallion Stadium, having beaten Ben Lomond twice by a combined score of 16-3. Stansbury didn’t face Crimson Cliffs during the season, but split games against Hurricane and Canyon View, while the Mustangs won all four of their meetings with the Tigers and Falcons. The winner of the Oct. 14 match will face either No. 4 Logan, No. 13 Snow Canyon or No. 20 Bear River in the quarterfinals Oct. 17 on the higher seed’s home field.
Grantsville (9-6, 5-4 Region 13) will face a familiar foe in the second round at 4 p.m. Wednesday after receiving the No. 8 seed in the Class 3A bracket. No. 9 Emery (9-7, 8-2 Region 12) upset the Cowboys 3-1 in the second round of the 2019 state tournament, with Grantsville as a No. 7 seed and the Spartans at No. 10. North Sanpete is the lone common opponent for the Cowboys and Spartans, with Grantsville beating the Hawks 7-1 and Emery losing to NSHS 5-0. The winner will face either No. 1 Manti, No. 16 Grand or No. 17 American Leadership Academy in a state quarterfinal game Oct. 17 on the higher seed’s home field.