If the Payson High School boys and girls soccer teams can hold on to their current slots in the power point rankings, both teams could be headed for the Division IV or “state” playoffs when they begin Oct. 28.
Currently, the boys soccer team is ranked 10th in the 10-team division with a 3-4 record.
The top 16 teams advance to the state tournament.
The Lady Longhorns, with 3-3 credentials, are ranked eighth in the 12-team division.
Among the boys’ biggest wins of the season are a 5-3 decision over Thunderbird Academy, 5-2 vs. Show Low and 4-2 over Camp Verde.
The Horns, however, lost 3-1 to undefeated and top-ranked Blue Ridge and 3-2 and 1-0 to fifth ranked Phoenix Country Day.
Which means, if Payson is to reach state’s promised land, the team must play better against Division IV top-rated teams.
The Lady Longhorns have racked up 21.43 points to trail seventh-ranked River Valley by about 1.5 points.
Top-ranked Blue Ridge has an 8-2 record and a whopping 37.07 points.
The Lady Horns’ wins have come over Camp Verde, 3-2, Chino Valley, 2-1 and Holbrook, 2-0.
The team has lost to Desert Christian twice, 5-0 and 5-1, and Show Low, 2-0.
Coach Chris Avakian’s boys return to action today, Oct. 4, at Blue Ridge High School in Lakeside.
The girls, paced by the play of Natalie Moceri, Sage Pierce and goalie Natalie Black, travel Oct. 6 to Camp Verde and host Show Low on Oct. 8 at Rumsey Park.