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Girls soccer: Playoffs wide open | USA Today High School Sports

If McQueen hopes to advance in the girls soccer Regionals, it will have to avenge its worst loss of the season.

McQueen opens the Division I Regional at 6 p.m. Monday at Carson. The Senators, the top seed from the Sierra League, beat the Lancers, 5-1, in September.

Carson (13-3 league, 13-3-1 overall) took first place in the Sierra League by beating defending champion Douglas (11-3-2, 13-4-3), 2-0, on Oct. 27. Douglas defeated Carson 2-1 on Oct. 10 and had won its five previous games before Oct. 27.

Bishop Manogue is the No. 2 seed from the Sierra League, because the Miners won the tie-breaker with Douglas based on a win and a tie with the Tigers.

McQueen is the No. 4 seed, but the Lancers were in some disarray early on as several players had quit the team.

McQueen coach Tony Filicchia said senior Sarah Higgins helped keep the program alive, and helped change the team atmosphere.

“The last couple of years for McQueen girls soccer have been stressful and a lot of girls have quit,” Filicchia said.

Higgins a team captain, leads the Lancers in goals and is their best defender.

The three-year varsity player likes the Lancers chances next week

“The nice thing is there’s no Douglas, this year. There’s no team that’s just going to kill everyone,” Higgins said.

McQueen senior Sarah Higgins dribbles the ball Friday at the school.

McQueen senior Sarah Higgins dribbles the ball Friday at the school.

The loss to Carson was the game after McQueen beat Manogue, a win that the Lancers were still enjoying three days later instead of focusing.

“We didn’t really move on well to the next game. We were kind of still stuck in the past,” Higgins said. “They scored like three goals in 12 minutes.”

The Lancers will relish the underdog role in the playoffs.

“We have nothing to lose at this point,” Higgins said. “For me, I really want to win a playoff game, so I feel a lot of pressure to do that.”

Fillicchia said Carson is probably the favorite to win the North, although Spanish Springs, the top seed from the High Desert League, Manogue and Douglas are also viable contenders.

The semifinals are at 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday at North Valleys. The championship is at noon Nov. 7 at Carson.

Northern Division I playoffs quarterfinals, 3 p.m. Reno at Bishop Manogue; 6 p.m., Galena at Spanish Springs, McQueen at Carson; 6:30 p.m., Douglas at Reed.

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