Newport Harbor appears to have an easier path to the semifinals. Should the Sailors win their first-round match, they'd play either Palos Verdes or Canyon of Anaheim on the road in the quarterfinals. Palos Verdes was unranked in the final Division I poll, and Canyon was ranked No. 10. The Sailors beat Palos Verdes, 12-6, in a nonleague game Jan. 21.
"I think we're in a great position to get to the semis or the finals," Michigan-bound senior captain Presley Pender said. "I feel like we're peaking at the right time. We're really excited."
The Tars bring a 12-game winning streak into the playoffs. UCLA-bound senior Maddy McLaren and junior Carly Christian lead the team with 58 and 49 goals, respectively.