It’s deja vu all over again as we predict another year of both teams getting a number two seed in 6AA sectionals, behind top-seeded Wayzata.

Once the regular fall soccer season begins to wrap up, prognosticators and handicappers come out. That includes us, supporters and run-of-the-mill Sunday morning strikers who wonder how the Millers could make it to the state tournament. And if this language sounds vaguely familiar, it should be. We wrote the exact same thing last year.

This year (again) it’s not too hard to predict where the girls and boys programs will end up on Thursday, October 12, the date of first round matches in the Section 6AA playoffs. Both teams will likely be the number two seed and will play the seventh-seeded 6AA team at Washburn Stadium.

This year, Wayzata’s girls and boys teams are the top-ranked teams in the AA coaches’ poll. So there’s little doubt that the Trojans will end up with the number one seed in both brackets again this year. And that means Washburn will likely claim the number two seed. The girls are ranked second in the state, have a 6-0 record against section competitors, and ended the season with an impressive 12-1-1 record.

And though Minneapolis South upset the boys late in the season, the program is coming off one of its toughest schedules ever, having played Edina to a tie, defeating East Ridge, and dropping close matches to two top-ranked teams: Stillwater and Wayzata. You are certainly allowed one upset but still get your overall seeding power, especially after yesterday’s decisive 5-0 win over St. Louis Park.

Thus, the Millers are strong favorites to nab the number two seed in the playoffs, thus assuring home field advantage for at least the first two matches.

Here’s our annual prediction for the seeds and brackets in the girls and boys Section 6AA soccer playoffs:

Boys Section 6AA

Predicted Playoff Seeding

  1. Wayzata
  2. Washburn
  3. Bloomington Kennedy
  4. St. Louis Park
  5. Minneapolis South
  6. Minneapolis Southwest
  7. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  8. Hopkins
  9. Richfield

Girls Section 6AA

Predicted Playoff Seeding

  1. Wayzata
  2. Washburn
  3. St. Louis Park
  4. Minneapolis Southwest
  5. Hopkins
  6. Cretin-Derham Hall
  7. Robbinsdale Armstrong
  8. Minneapolis South

A Note About Post-Season Play

If you are new to high school soccer, here are a few quick notes about the post-season playoffs and state tournament.

  1. Only varsity-level teams participate. There are no post-season tournaments for junior varsity or lower levels
  2. There are two classes in Minnesota high school soccer. Class A and Class AA. Washburn competes in Class AA, which are the top 64 schools in the state by overall enrollment. This is Washburn’s third year in Class AA.
  3. In both Class A and Class AA, there are eight different sections, each of which generally represents a different region in the state. Washburn competes in Section 6 of Class AA.
  4. Each of the sections in Class A and Class AA compete to determine which team from those sections proceeds to the state tournament. Only one team advances from each section to the state tournament.
  5. Typically, coaches meet after the end of the regular season to determine the seeds for each section. High seed for each playoff match hosts the match and maintains home-field advantage.
  6. All section playoffs, as well as the state tournament, are single-elimination. Lose once and you are done (except for a third-place match between teams that lose in the state tournament semi-finals).
  7. You must win your section to proceed to the state tournament.
  8. Upon winning your section and making it to the state tournament, all teams are re-seeded and new brackets are created for the state tournament based on those seedings.
  9. The first state tournament matches are considered quarterfinals, with a total of eight teams competing.
  10. State tournament match locations are pre-determined but where teams play is not yet determined. For Class AA, the quarterfinals are at Savage, Farmington, Chisago Lakes, and St. Cloud State. Semifinal and final matches are at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, with semi-finals on October 30 and 31 and finals in the afternoon on November 2.