Viera girls seeded first in region while Holy Trinity boys are No. 3
Hawks, Tigers will open at home; Viera boys, HT girls on the road
Viera High seniors (from l-r) Madelyn Rosario; Catherine Koegel; Jordan Spira; Johanna Webb and Taylor Collins pose with the Class 6A, District 12 trophy. The Hawks are the No.1 seed in the Region 3 playoffs and will host Martin County Tuesday night.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The state soccer playoff brackets are out and the Viera and Holy Trinity boys and girls teams are all in.
Quarterfinal round action for the girls is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m., while the boys will begin their regional playoffs on Wednesday night.
The Viera girls (16-1-2) are the No. 1 seed in Class 6A, Region 3. The Hawks will face a familiar opponent when they open play against No. 8 Martin County (14-5-2) Tuesday night at 7 at Hawk Stadium. The two teams met in the District 12 semifinals with Viera building a 4-0 lead before eventually prevailing 4-2.
Melbourne (12-5-3), which lost to Viera in the district title game, is on the other side of the bracket. The Bulldogs are the No. 7 seed and will travel to play No. 2 Strawberry Crest (11-3) in the quarterfinals.
The Holy Trinity boys, meanwhile, are the only Brevard County team to reach the Class 3A, Region 3 playoffs. The district-champion Tigers (9-4-4) are the No. 3 seed and are scheduled to host No. 6 St. Andrews of Boca Raton (8-6-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
After dropping the district championship game to Melbourne, Viera boys coach Nick Robinson said he thought the Hawks might be the highest-seeded at-large team … and he was right.
Viera (17-2-2) is the No. 5 seed and is scheduled to play at No. 4 St. Cloud (14-5-1) Wednesday night at 7. The Hawks are on the opposite side of the bracket from Melbourne (18-3-1), which drew the No. 2 seed and a date with Harmony (12-4-5).
The Holy Trinity girls (8-4-2), who lost to eventual district champion West Shore in the semifinals, were holding out hope they might get an at-large spot in the regional playoffs … and that’s exactly what happened.
The seventh-seeded Tigers will travel to West Palm Beach on Tuesday to take on No. 2 Oxbridge Academy (11-2-1), which won the Class 2A state title in 2017 and was the state runner-up in 2018.
Should Holy Trinity pull off the upset, the Tigers could find themselves facing No. 3 West Shore (14-2-3), which went on to win the district championship after beating Holy Trinity in the semifinals. The Wildcats will face The First Academy in their opening-round game.
Melbourne Central Catholic (9-1-6) is on the other side of the bracket. The Hustlers will open on the road against No. 4 American Heritage-Delray Beach.