BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Rockford and Delano boys and girls soccer teams have completed the regular season and opened play in the Section 6A tournament Tuesday after this issue went to press.
If Delano teams can win the first game, the girls and boys squads must play at the No. 1 section seed Thursday, Oct. 11.
The No. 9 seed Tiger boys (5-6-1) played at No. 8 Providence Academy Tuesday, the winner to face No. 1 Waconia Thursday. The semifinals are Saturday, Oct. 13 and finals Tuesday, Oct. 16 at a neutral field to be determined.
Delano had mixed results the last week of the regular season, losing 3-1 to Mound-Westonka before defeating Hutchinson 4-1.
Rockford boys take a 6-8-1 record to the playoffs after defeating PACT 1-0 and losing to Big Lake 3-1 last week. The Rockets faced No. 4 Holy Family Tuesday, with the winner to face either No. 5 Orono or No. 12 Watertown-Mayer Thursday.
In the girls bracket, Delano (7-6-3) earned the No. 8 seed and played at home against Mound-Westonka Tuesday. The winner would take on No. 1 seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s Thursday.
Delano lost 2-0 to Mound-Westonka last Tuesday when goalie Kelsey Delisle made 16 saves. Coach Amy Glitsos said Amanda Gielau, Addie Taylor and Maureen Booth played well defensively.
Last Thursday the Tigers earned a 3-3 overtime tie against Hutchinson despite having a 38-8 edge in shots on goal. Delano goals were netted by Kayla Manske, Kallie Statema and Gabby Cordes.
Rockford girls opened at No. 5 Breck Tuesday as the No. 12 section seed. The winner plays either No. 4 Chaska or No. 13 West Lutheran Thursday.
The Rockets played just once last week, falling to Cambridge-Isanti 2-0.