With the County/Metro Athletic Conference champion and standings pretty much decided, there was only one last thing left for the Madera and Madera South boys soccer teams to play for — city pride.
Just like they had done in their previous meeting in the first round of CMAC play, the two-time league champion Coyotes (17-4-5, 7-1-2 CMAC) and the Stallions (13-10-5, 3-4-3 CMAC) finished Friday night’s game where they had started in a 0-0 overtime tie on Madera South’s Senior Night in Memorial Stadium.
The Div. I and III seedings for boys soccer will be done today in Section Commissioner Jim Crichlow’s office in Porterville. The Coyotes will likely receive a top-three seed in the Div. I playoffs because of their CMAC title while the tie may have helped raise the Stallions’ playoff seed in Div. III.
“It was a well played game and it’s nice to see the respect between both programs,” Stallion head coach Cristino Armiento said. “They battled it out on the field but afterwards they are friends. This game meant a lot to both teams and they still went out to try to get a win. The intensity level was definitely up and that’s great to see right before playoffs because a lot teams tend to let up when there’s nothing really to play for.”...