DRAGONS DRAW OLD RIVAL CAVS IN REGION VI OPENER

Jenna Boese and the Blue Dragon Women's Soccer heads to Johnson County to meet the Cavaliers in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Jenna Boese and the Blue Dragon Women's Soccer opens the 2019 season on Thursday against Trinidad State at 6 p.m. on Don Michael Field.
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2018 REGION VI WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Opening Round – Thursday, October 25, 2018
Dodge City (9-8-1) at Butler (14-4), 7 p.m. in El Dorado
Coffeyville (10-6) at Cloud County (14-2), 1 p.m. in Concordia
Hutchinson (13-2-1) at Johnson County (10-6-2), 1 p.m. in Overland Park
Neosho County (10-9) at Barton (13-3-1), 2 p.m. in Great Bend

Semifinals – Saturday, October 27, 2018
Butler/Dodge City winner vs. Coffeyville/Cloud winner at highest seed
Hutch/Johnson winner vs. Neosho/Barton winner at highest seed

Two semifinals winners advance to the Plains District Tournament on Nov. 2-3
Region VI highest seed vs. Region II Champion
Region VI lower seed vs. Region V Champion

NJCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKINGS

  Record Points Last Week
  1. Arizona Western
  2. Tyler
  3. Monroe College
  4. Navarro
  5. Iowa Western
  6. Lewis & Clark
  7. Phoenix
  8. Eastern Florida State
   9. Snow
10. Salt Lake
11. Daytona State
12. Monroe CC
13. Jones
14. Butler
15. Cape Fear
16. Moraine Valley
17. Laramie County
18. Harford
19. Paradise Valley
20. Holmes
20-0-0
17-1-1
9-0-1
12-1-1
12-2-0
14-0-0
17-2-1
10-2-1
13-1-1
12-1-1
11-4-0
11-4-0
13-2-0
14-4-0
14-1-1
17-0-1
10-5-0
11-2-0
15-4-1
15-0-1
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
2
3
4
1
5
6
8
9
7
14
11
15
16
13
18
18
12
20
RV
10
Others Receiving Votes: Hill (11-1-0); Hutchinson (13-2-1); Indian Hills (13-3-0); Iowa Central (12-2-0); Seminole State (15-2-1).

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College women's soccer team faces an old adversary in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament, which begins Thursday.

The Blue Dragons, the third seed from the Jayhawk West, will travel to Overland Park to meet the East No. 2 seed Johnson County Cavaliers at 1p.m. in Overland Park. The game will be played at the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and not the Johnson County Soccer Complex. The Scheels Complex is located at 12700 Switzer Road in Overland Park.

Thursday's meeting between Hutchinson and Johnson County will be the ninth postseason meeting and 20th overall matchup, the first since 2016.

With a new postseason format, the four Thursday winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at the sites of the highest remaining seeds. From there, the two semifinal winners automatically advance to the Plains District Tournament where the two Kansas teams will play the winners of the Region II (Oklahoma) and Region V (Texas) tournaments next week. That winner advances to the NJCAA National Tournament.

The winner of the Hutchinson-Johnson County game will meet the Barton/Neosho County winner. On the other half of the bracket, Jayhawk East champion Butler plays host to Dodge City and Cloud County will play host to Coffeyville.

Hutchinson (13-2-1) hits the postseason riding a five game winning streak. The Blue Dragons defeated Cloud County in a wild rally with three goals in the final 15 minutes for a 4-3 win, denying the Thunderbirds the 2018 Jayhawk West title.

That streak and that victory over Cloud County put the Blue Dragons in the national rankings talk for the first time this season. The Blue Dragons are receiving votes in this week's rankings.

Johnson County is 5-0-1 over its last six games, including a 4-1 victory over Butler on October 15. The Cavaliers are 10-6-2 overall.

The Blue Dragons are 7-11-1 all-time against Johnson County, including 2-6 in Region VI Tournament play. The Cavaliers have won the last three matchups against Hutchinson.