Strength of schedule has propelled the Bedford High School Buccaneers to the highest statewide ranking in MIAA Division 2 boys’ soccer.
That means the Bucs will be playing at home – as long as they win – until the state semifinals on a neutral field.
The playoffs for Bedford begin at 5 p.m. on Monday on Sabourin Field when the Bucs entertain the winner of Saturday’s play-in game between Doherty Memorial of Springfield and Northampton High School.
Head Coach Dave Boschetto will caution his team about looking past any game, even the preliminary round of 32. But a quick peek past Monday’s game reveals a possible rematch against historic Dual County League rival Wayland, which hosts Reading in the preliminary round. Wayland and Reading are seeded 16-17.
Seedings are based on power rankings, a complex mathematical process that combines a team’s average margin of victory and an average of all opponents’ overall rankings. The Bucs, with a record of 9-2-5, finished first in the state primarily because of the quality of the opposition.
Indeed, the only team in the top 16 with a higher opponents’ rating was the other DCL team, Wayland.