- Written by Luciano Guerra
Of the 14 Big 7 schools’ soccer teams, eight qualified for postseason play and will be participating in this weekend’s bi-district round of the UIL state playoffs. The fact that so many Big 7 teams qualified for the playoffs is a testament to the quality of soccer being played at Mission, Sharyland and La Joya schools. This is especially true of the two Sharyland high schools where three of the four teams extended their seasons into postseason play and the fourth missed out on the playoffs by only one point.
Unlike every other high school team sport, in soccer it is the accumulation of points teams earn throughout the season that determines how teams line up in the standings and which teams qualify for the playoffs and which don’t. When a game ends in regulation, the winning team gets three points and the losing team gets none. However when a game is decided by penalty kicks, the winning team gets two points and the losing team gets one.
That is why it is possible in high school soccer for one team to finish the regular season with a better record than another team but still finish behind that team in the standings.