No. 4 St. Margaret’s will host No. 13 Aliso Niguel in Round 1 of the playoffs today at 4:30 pm.
What to Know About St. Margaret’s
The Tartans (11-5) come into the playoffs looking to rebuild momentum that was lost with late season losses to No. 8 Santa Margarita and No. 2 Foothill.
“The 2017 Tartans are poised for play-off competition, coach Holly Reilly said by email. “Coming off two disappointing late end-of-season losses, the Lady Tartans’ fire is fueled with unfinished business. In the first round, the Tartans will host Aliso Niguel for a re-match. Led by captains Cameron Manor and Cailin Young, St. Margaret’s is focusing one game at a time. Look for speed in the midfield, suffocating communication on defense, and selflessness on attack. Go Tartans!”
Captains Manor and Young will lead a deep pool of youthful talent that includes freshman Campbell Case, sophomores Niki Miles and Maddie Barkrate, and junior Cailin Young.
What to Know About Aliso Niguel
After turning around a 2016 2-14 campaign Aliso Niguel (9-9) may be the most improved team in this year’s bracket. However, like the Tartans, the Wolverines struggled late in the season. Aliso Niguel will be trying to stop a five-game losing streak this afternoon. To pull off the upset, Aliso will look for a way to slow down the Tartans’ offense that put up 23 points against the Wolverines in March. The leadership of captains Quinnlyn Mason, Summer Khatib, Sydney Stewart, and Hiela Manely helped bring Aliso this far and no doubt the Wolverines will call upon their Big Four again today.