The regular season for high school girls’ soccer is winding down on the pitch, but the playoffs are right around the corner. Several local teams have postseason aspirations, including Butler, Independence and Covenant Day.
The Bulldogs stumbled to a 2-6 record to begin the season, including a 0-3 start. However, coach Drew Sorensen’s club has picked up steam. Butler has won five of its last seven games. A win over East Meck in the regular season finale Thursday, May 4 would give the Bulldogs (7-8, 6-5 Southwestern 4A) at least a share of the conference’s third-place spot and would likely secure a playoff berth.
Independence is in the midst of a two-game losing skid, but the Patriots (11-8-2, 6-5 Southwestern 4A) got the opportunity to get back on the right track with a trip to Piedmont on Wednesday, May 3, after Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s press deadline.
The Patriots face a difficult test in their regular season finale when they entertain Porter Ridge on Thursday, May 4. Independence was blanked 6-0 in its first meeting the Pirates. At the same time, the Patriots still have much to be proud of, because they are on their way back to the playoffs for the second year in a row. That’s unheard of in these parts.
Coach Tyler Gibson has Independence trending in the right direction.
Covenant Day can secure another double-digit win season, which has become the norm for the Lions, with a victory again Saturday, May 6. Coach Graham West has Covenant Day on pace for a third-place finish in the CISAA behind state championship contenders Providence Day and Charlotte Latin.
The Lions begin postseason play Tuesday, May 9. The playoff pairings will be announced over the weekend.