Boys soccer entering the stretch run

With the regular season winding down, I thought it might be a nice time to take a look at the standings and take a stab at how the Section 9 boys’ soccer playoffs might shake out later this month.

boys’ soccer standings, 2012
(Updated thru 10-8-12)
OCIAA Division I
League Overall
Newburgh 5-0-0, 8-2-1
Monroe-Woodbury 4-1-0, 6-3-1
Middletown 2-3-0, 4-4-2
Pine Bush 1-4-0, 2-5-1
Kingston 0-4-0, 0-7-0
OCIAA Division II
Washingtonville 2-0-1, 6-0-3
Warwick 2-1-1, 5-4-3
Minisink Valley 2-1-0, 3-5-1
Valley Central 0-4-0, 1-9-1
OCIAA Division III
Goshen 4-0-0, 6-4-2
Cornwall 3-1-0, 4-4-2
Port Jervis 1-3-0, 3-6-0
Monticello 0-4-0, 2-7-1
OCIAA Division IV
Burke Catholic 4-1-0, 7-4-1
James I. O’Neill 3-2-0, 4-5-0
Liberty 2-2-0, 8-2-0
Sullivan West 0-4-0, 2-5-0
OCIAA Division V
S.S Seward 6-0-0, 10-0-1
Chester 3-2-0, 4-3-0
Fallsburg 3-3-0, 6-5-0
Tuxedo 2-3-0, 4-4-1
Tri-Valley 0-6-0, 0-10-0
OCIAA Division VI
Family School 4-0-0, 6-2-1
Eldred 0-2-0, 1-8-0
Chapel Field 0-2-0, 0-7-0

MHAL Division I
Wallkill 6-0-0, 8-0-1
Roosevelt 4-2-0, 6-2-1
New Paltz 2-2-1, 2-2-1
Saugerties 2-5-0, 2-5-0
MHAL Division II
Marlboro 6-2-0, 6-2-0
Highland 2-3-2, 3-3-2
Red Hook 3-5-0, 4-5-0
Rondout Valley 1-6-0, 1-7-0
MHAL Division III
Ellenville 6-0-1, 7-1-1
Spackenkill 5-2-1, 5-3-1
Onteora 4-4-1, 4-4-1
Dover 1-4-1, 1-5-1
MHAL Division IV
Rhinebeck 6-2-0, 6-2-0
Pine Plains 3-5-0, 3-6-0
Webutuck 3-6-0, 3-6-0
Millbrook 1-3-2, 1-3-2
Coleman Catholic 0-5-1 0-7-1

Class AA:

Outside looking in: Kingston, Pine Bush, Valley Central.

Long shots: Middletown, Minisink Valley, Warwick, Roosevelt.

Contenders: Monroe-Woodbury, Newburgh Free Academy, Washingtonville.

TH-R take: It’s no surprise to consider Monroe-Woodbury and NFA among the contenders, as those teams played an epic Section 9 championship game last year. Washingtonville, yet to lose a game, has also forced itself into the conversation.

The next group of teams, the long shots, are all solid teams that could certainly score an upset or two along the way in the playoffs. I don’t think, however, that any of those teams would be able to get through both M-W and NFA in back-to-back games.

Class A:

Outside looking in: Monticello, Saugerties, Port Jervis.

Long shots: New Paltz, Red Hook.

Contenders: Cornwall, Goshen, Wallkill.

TH-R take: Cornwall and Goshen have had a bit of a monopoly on the Section 9 Class A championship game in recent years, but Wallkill looks poised to make its first appearance in the big game since 2006. Goshen has won six of the last seven Section 9 titles, with Cornwall winning in 2007. This particular Wallkill team graduated some key players from last year’s team, but they’re doing it this year with an exciting, unselfish style that lets anyone be a star on any given day.

Ellenville's JanCarlos Vargas takes a shot on goal in a scrimmage against Tri-Valley. 8/30/12 (Steve Borland photo/Times Herald-Record)

Class B:

Outside looking in: Sullivan West, Rondout Valley, Dover.

Long shots: Highland, Onteora.

Contenders: John S. Burke Catholic, Ellenville, Liberty, Marlboro, James I. O’Neill, Spackenkill.

TH-R take: That’s right…Class B is loaded and it’s wide-open, too. I think six teams all have a shot at the title, which should make the Class B bracket the most fascinating of all in Section 9 this fall. Burke Catholic has appeared in the last five Section 9 title games – winning the last two – but Ellenville and Marlboro are also making strong cases in the MHAL. Liberty had a strong start to the season…O’Neill beat Burke Catholic last week…Spackenkill has been right there…I don’t see any clear favorite in this field and I doubt I will until the final whistle blows at Faller Field.

Class C:

Outside looking in: Fallsburg, Millbrook, Tri-Valley.

Long shots: Pine Plains.

Contenders: S.S. Seward, Rhinebeck, Tuxedo.

TH-R take: Seward is one of three undefeated teams left in Section 9 and the only one in Class C. Right now, it looks like this is Seward’s title to lose. Still, the Spartans are almost certain to get battles from Tuxedo and Rhinebeck in the semifinals and the championship game, in some order.

Class D:

Outside looking in: Chapel Field, John A. Coleman Catholic, Eldred.

Long shots: Webutuck.

Contenders: Family School.

TH-R take: Family School is in strong position to defend its Section 9 title and win a third championship in four years.

Comments or questions? Find me on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

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