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State: Lady Cards earn No. 4 seed

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The Robertson girls’ soccer team will be staying home when the first round of the state soccer tournaments takes place this weekend.
But it’s good news.

The Lady Cardinals (18-2) have been selected as the No. 4 seed in the Class 1A-3A girls’ tournament and will enjoy a first-round bye. It means their first action in the tourney will be in the quarterfinals the morning of Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. No. 5 Socorro hosts No. 12 Bloomfield this weekend in a first-round match, and the winner will move on to face Robertson.

Securing a top-four seed is a milestone for the program, which has had one of its best overall years to date.

Robertson added to its string of district championships in Ian Williamson’s debut season as head coach, during which he replaced successful longtime mentor Ray Parks.

The Class 1A-3A girls’ field includes, in descending order of seeding: Hope Christian, Sandia Prep, St. Michael’s, Robertson, Socorro, Taos, Bosque, Rehoboth Christian, Santa Fe Prep, Portales, Desert Academy, Bloomfield.

The top four teams — Hope, Sandia Prep, St. Mike’s and Robertson — all receive byes through the first round, which plays out at the home campuses of the higher seeds.

Quarterfinals are Thursday morning, semifinals 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the championship is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, all at APS Soccer Complex.

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News was not so good for the Robertson boys’ soccer team (8-12) and the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team (6-10-2).

The Cardinals were left out of the 12-team boys’ state tourney field announced Sunday. Sandia Prep, Hope, Bosque and St. Mike’s were the top four seeds, followed by Rehoboth, Taos, New Mexico Military, Monte del Sol, Silver, Portales, Santa Fe Prep and Bloomfield.

Highlands’ women will miss the postseason for the first time in a couple years. The RMAC women’s soccer bracket was announced on Monday. Seeds in descending order: Regis, Colorado Mines, Metro State, UC-Colorado Springs, Fort Lewis and Colorado Mesa.