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The conference play-in tournaments for soccer are about one month away but the first hurdle for teams seeking postseason play will be power-rankings and the first set of AIA rankings are set to be released on Tuesday, Jan. 11. As is typical, teams ranked No. 9-24 will advance to the conference play-in tournaments for a shot at the state tournament. The top eight teams in each conference will earn an automatic playoff berth.
The Pusch Ridge boys beat Tanque Verde 1-0 in overtime on Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-8 on the year but seven of those losses came during invitationals so they will have no bearing on the power-ranking formula. So, at 3-1, the Lions should be looking at a more favorable initial ranking….
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