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Amateur notes: MSA playoff field set

10/08/2012, 8:24pm CDT
By ERIC ANDERSON

There wasn't much separating the top three teams in the Madison Soccer Association's Division 1 competition this year, with the Madison Fire, Deportivo and Madison United Premier all winning seven of 12 regular-season games.

The Fire (7-1-4) head into the playoffs as the top seed, and will face Team Paradigm (5-4-3) in the last of four MSA semifinals Sunday at Warner Park Field 1.

Paradigm are the two-time defending champions, having beaten the Fire 2-1 in the final in each of the past two seasons. The Fire, who have played in seven of the past eight championship games (winning four times), knocked off Paradigm 3-1 in their most recent meeting July 22.

The first Division 1 semifinal pits second-seeded Deportivo against No. 3 seed Madison United, teams that had identical 7-3-2 records in the regular season. United prevailed 3-1 when the teams squared off Aug. 26.

In Division 2, the defending champion Wisconsin Wizards (11-6-2) are seeded second and will take on third-seeded Epic FC (11-6-2) in the semifinals. The Wizards lost their first three matches of the fall season, including a 2-0 loss to Epic on July 22, but are unbeaten in their past eight (7-0-1).

The top seed in Division 2 is FC Metro (11-2-7), which is 6-1-4 this fall – though that lone loss was an 8-0 rout at the hands of the Wizards on Sept. 9.

Metro's semifinal opponent will be determined in a play-in game between fourth-seeded Sporting 1836 (10-6-4) and Madison United Juniors (10-6-4) on Saturday at Daleo Fields in the Town of Westport. Sporting blanked the Juniors 2-0 on Aug. 5, but United posted a 1-0 victory in a regular-season finale last Friday night.

The finals in both divisions are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, also at Warner 1.

MADISON SOCCER ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
DIVISION 1
Semifinals
Sunday, Oct. 14
At Warner Park Field 1
No. 2 Deportivo (7-3-2) vs. No. 3 Madison United (7-3-2), 2 p.m.
No. 1 Madison Fire (7-1-4) vs. No. 4 Team Paradigm (5-4-3), 4 p.m.
Championship
Friday, Oct. 19
At Warner Park Field 1
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.
DIVISION 2
Play-in game
Saturday, Oct. 13
At Daleo Fields, Town of Westport
No. 4 Sporting 1836 (10-6-4) vs. No. 5 Madison United Juniors (10-6-4), 3 p.m.
Semifinals
Sunday, Oct. 14
At Warner Park Field 1
No. 2 Epic FC (12-6-2) vs. No. 3 Wisconsin Wizards (11-6-2), 10 a.m.
No. 1 FC Metro (11-2-7) vs. Sporting 1836 or Madison United Juniors, noon
Championship
Friday, Oct. 19
At Warner Park Field 1
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

 

  • The Northeast Wisconsin Soccer League – with teams in the Fox Cities and Green Bay areas – closes its regular season Sunday, with the top four teams in both Division I and Division II advancing to the playoffs. The semifinals are Oct. 20 and the finals are Oct. 21.

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