Get after it

The Mountain Pointe girls soccer team was unable to top the higher seeded Rincon.

The play-in matches are over and the soccer postseason brackets are filled out.

The AIA released the brackets Friday afternoon and several area teams are in a position to win it all.

Before getting to that here is a quick look at what came out of the play-in portion of the season for the 6A and 5A Conferences.

The play-in portion pits the teams that fall in the nine through 24 slots in the power rankings with the winners of those eight matchups getting re-seeded to join the top eight teams that already secured a spot in the 16-team field.

On the boys side, the better seed won six of the eight matches in the 6A Conference on Thursday night.

It means No. 23 Desert Vista becomes the 16th seed and No. 21 North is the 15th seed.

The Thunder topped No. 10 Rincon, 2-1, and North dropped No. 12 Kofa, 4-2.

In the 5A boys play-in matches the better seeded team won seven of the eight matches with only No. 18 Camelback besting No. 15 Flowing Wells.

The 6A girls saw a handful of lesser seeds come out on top as No. 17 Chandler topped No. 16 Basha, No. 19 Mountain View beat No. 14 Red Mountain, and No. 21 Desert Ridge knocked off No. 12 Horizon.

The 5A girls play-in games had three upsets as No. 23 Nogales, No. 20 Kellis and No. 17 Verrado upended teams with better seeds in order to get into the state tourney.

Taking a look at the state tournaments several area teams earned top six seeds.

6A Girls

1. Hamilton; 2. Xavier; 3. Millennium; 4. Desert Mountain; 5. Desert Vista; 6. Perry.

Semifinal prediction: Hamilton over Desert Vista; Perry over Xavier.

Finals: Hamilton over Perry.

5A Girls

1. Chaparral; 2. Notre Dame; 3. Arcadia; 4. Ironwood Ridge; 5. Campo Verde; 6. Liberty.

Semifinal prediction: Chaparral over Campo Verde; Notre Dame over Arcadia.

Finals: Chaparral over Notre Dame

4A Girls

1. Flagstaff; 2. Thunderbird; 3. Prescott; 4. Salpointe Catholic; 5. Cactus Shadows; 6. Walden Grove.

Semifinal predictions: Flagstaff over Salpointe; Thunderbird over Prescott.

Finals: Flagstaff over Thunderbird.

3A Girls

1. Fountain Hills; 2. Gilbert Christian; 3. Trivium Prep; 4. Scottsdale Christian; 5. Casteel; 6. Tanque Verde.

Semifinal prediction: Fountain Hills over Scottsdale Christian; Gilbert Christian over Tanque Verde.

Finals: Fountain Hills over Gilbert Christian

6A Boys

1. Brophy; 2. Gilbert; 3. Cibola; 4. Corona del Sol; 5. Tolleson; 6. Hamilton

Semifinal prediction: Corona del Sol over Brophy; Hamilton over Gilbert

Finals: Corona over Hamilton

5A Boys

1. Campo Verde; 2. Chaparral; 3. North Canyon; 4. Ironwood; 5. Sunnyslope; 6. Liberty.

Semifinal prediction: Campo Verde over Sunnyslope; Chaparral over North Canyon.

Finals: Campo Verde over Chaparral

4A Boys

1. Coronado; 2. Saguaro; 3. Salpointe Catholic; 4. Gila Ridge; 5. Estrella Foothills; 6. Washington.

Semifinal prediction: 1. Coronado over Gila Ridge; Saguaro over Salpointe Catholic.

Finals: Saguaro over Coronado.

3A Boys

1. AZ College Prep; 2. Safford; 3. Chandler Prep; 4. Horizon Honors; 5. Northwest Christian; 6. Tempe Prep

Semifinal prediction: AZ College Prep over Horizon Honors; Safford over Chandler Prep

Finals: AZ College Prep over Safford

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