Paradigm and the Madison Fire, two teams that have won six of the past seven Madison Soccer Association Division 1 titles between them, will square off for the 2014-15 championship on Friday night at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona.
Top-seeded Paradigm (11-3-2) cruised past No. 4 seed Deportivo 6-1 in one semifinal Sunday at Breese Stevens Field, while the second-seeded Fire (8-5-3) got past Madison United on penalty kicks after a 3-3 tie in the other semifinal – United knocked off the Fire 3-1 in last season's final.
Friday's meeting between Paradigm, which won MSA titles in 2010 and '11, and the Fire – winners in 2008, '09, '12 and '13 – will be the fourth of the season between the sides. They tied 1-1 last August, the Fire won 2-1 in a spring opener on March 29 and Paradigm prevailed 3-0 in the most recent match May 3. Paradigm also received a forfeit from the Fire last fall.
The Division 1 final is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Goodman Pitch, following the Division 2 championship game between Bulldogs (9-2-5) and Vilas Rangers (11-3-2).
No. 2 seed Vilas Rangers beat the Bulldogs 3-0 last October, but the reigning division champions haven't lost in 11 games since (8-0-3). The fourth-seeded Bulldogs are 7-0-2 this spring, including a 2-2 draw with Vilas Rangers on April 26.
Vilas Rangers edged No. 3 seed Epic FC 3-2 in a semifinal last Sunday at Reddan, while Bulldogs stormed past top-seeded Madison Hotspur 4-1.
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