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Soccer Brackets Released

The West Deptford girls' team got a No. 4 seed, while the boys' team earned a No. 8 seed in the Group 2 playoffs.

The NJSIAA released its playoff brackets for boys’ and girls’ soccer Thursday, giving the teams at West Deptford High School a glimpse of what lies ahead.

The West Deptford girls’ team earned a No. 4 seed in the South Jersey group 2 playoffs and opens at home, Tuesday, against No. 13 Atlantic Tech. The Eagles (12-5) have won four-of-five entering today’s contest with Haddon Heights. Atlantic Tech figures to be of little threat, entering the postseason at 5-13-1.

With a victory, West Deptford would advance to the quarterfinals and take on the winner of No. 5 Middle Township/No. 12 Buena. While the Eagles cannot afford to look ahead of anyone, they may be hard-pressed not to think about a semifinal matchup with No.1 Haddonfield. The Bulldawgs—who are the favorite to defend their Group 2 South Jersey title—defeated West Deptford twice this season.

You can see the entire bracket here.

On the boys’ side, West Deptford opens on the road against No. 8 Middle Township, Monday. The Eagles enter the playoffs on the heels of some of their best defensive soccer. West Deptford has three-straight shutouts, including a 1-0 over Gateway, who possesses the league’s leading scorer.

West Deptford has a final tune-up later against Haddon Heights, who defeated the Eagles 3-0 earlier this season. That game was postponed Thursday.

Despite having to play on the road, the matchup seems to favor the Eagles. Lower Cape May (8-6-1) has had most of its success against teams in the Cape-Atlantic League Nation Division not exactly loaded with top teams. Lower has struggled against top teams, including losses to Absegami (8-0), Buena (5-0) and Egg Harbor (3-0).

If West Deptford can win its first-round contest it will have a familiar foe waiting for it in the quarterfinals: Haddonfield. The Bulldawgs are the No. 1 seed and earned a first-round bye.

West Deptford has played Haddonfield tough in a pair of games this season, but lost a pair of one-goal decisions.

You can see the entire bracket here.

The playoff schedule may be forced to undergo changes due to the weather. Patch will keep you up to date with any postponements.

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