This story has been modified from its original version to add Lee's first-round match.
The pairings for the Western Mass. girls soccer tournament are out, and teams can start preparing for their postseason opponents. Between Divisions I, III, and IV, Berkshire County will have nine teams in the tournament.
For the girls, the highest seeded team comes from Division III: the Mount Greylock Mounties. Greylock finished the regular season 10-3-3 and will receive a bye in the first round. The No. 2 Mounties await the winner of the 7-10 matchup between Taconic and Athol.
Hoosac Valley received a No. 3 seed, and will also have a bye in the first round before facing Easthampton. The Hurricanes are going into the playoffs as Southern Division champions, and could be headed to a semifinal showdown against Greylock.
Wahconah received a No. 5 seed and will face fourth-seeded Granby in the quarterfinals.
The Pittsfield girls are the lone Berkshire County team in the Division I tournament.
The Generals look to build off a 14-3-1 regular season, the winningest season in coach Andy Waluszko's tenure. After making it to the championship match last year, Waluszko said his team knows what it takes to make a run.
"It's a good experience. A lot of the team from last year returned. The girls know what it take to get there," Waluszko said.
The fifth seeded Generals will face 12th seeded Renaissance in the first round of the tournament. Waluszko said he's pleased with the seed his Generals received and credited a strong regular season facing teams such as: Ludlow, West Springfield and Belchertown for preparing his team for the postseason.
"That's why we schedule those teams, we have to find games against tough D-I schools to see what we have to do at that level," he said.
Waluszko added that goals are hard to come by during tournament play, and he's emphasizing converting on every chance to his team.
Morgan Matthews and Meghan Driscoll lead an experienced back line, while Allie Supranowicz and Nicole Alfonsi provide a scoring punch. Goalkeeper Allie Hunt also has another year of experience under her belt and will be a big factor for the Generals.
Look for the Warriors to build off an impressive 5-1 victory against Lee in their final game of the regular season. The Warriors showed they have the ability to strike quickly, scoring four second-half goals against the Wildcats on Monday.
Taconic scrapped its way into the postseason with an 8-8-2 regular season record, earning it a No. 7 seed in the tournament.
Braves coach John Flynn said his team battled the entire season to get to this point.
"It was harder than I thought. There were some games I thought we had a chance to win, but lost. ... To get to Western Mass., it was not easy," Flynn said.
The Braves are making their first postseason appearance under Flynn, and even though his team lacks playoff experience, Flynn said strong senior leadership can overcome the inexperience.
"We've got a good core of senior leaders. We've played teams from that area so we know what to expect," he said. "Leadership will negate lack of experience."
Flynn added that his team appears to be peaking at the right team, which bodes well for the Braves' playoff chances.
"I'm optimistic because we've played good teams our last four games. My hope is that we're peaking at the right time," he said.
Mount Everett is the highest seeded team in Division IV. The Eagles have a first-round bye before facing Smith Academy in the quarterfinals. Lenox received a No. 7 seed and faces Mohawk in the first round.
Lee, the No. 9 seed, travels to Holyoke Catholic in the first round, with the winner traveling to top seed Monson in the quarterfinal round.
Sixth-seeded McCann Tech should enter the playoffs with boosted confidence. The Hornets defeated their first round opponent, Pathfinder, 1-0 on Wednesday in the state vocational tournament. It's the third win over Pathfinder this season for the Hornets.
McCann coach Mike Dowling said his team plans to use solid defense to win games in the postseason.
"On defense we're trying to prevent people from scoring," he said. "[On offense] we'll try to keep our rhythm passing and have enough opportunities to cash in."
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