By Ray Hamill — As expected, the Eureka Loggers have been handed the No. 1 seed in the Division-1 bracket for the 2023 North Coast Section girls soccer playoffs.
The Big 4 champ Eureka girls are one of five local teams to qualify for the postseason.
The top-seeded Loggers will have an opening-round bye in the six-team bracket and will play either Middletown or Arcata in next weekend’s semifinals.
The Huskies are seeded No. 2 in Division 1 and also have a bye in the opening round.
Fortuna will play either No. 3 Credo or No. 6 Upper Lake in next weekend’s quarterfinals.
The Arcata girls received the No. 5 seed and will kick off on the road at No. 4 Middletown on Wednesday.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and that will be the only midweek game featuring an H-DNL team.
The St. Bernard’s girls, meanwhile, received the No. 2 seed in their bracket after winning the Little 4 championship last week and they will play No. 3 Technology at Crusader Field on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
The Ferndale Wildcats, who pushed the Crusaders for the league title all the way to the final day of the regular season, were handed the No. 4 seed in the four-team bracket and will open on the road at No. 1 Mendocino, also on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
If St. Bernard’s and Ferndale both win their semifinals, they will face off in the championship game on Nov. 8.