Several Berkshire County boys soccer coaches found themselves scratching their heads when the Western Massachusetts tournament seedings were released Wednesday.
In the Division II tournament, Mount Greylock (14-3-1) was placed as the No. 4 seed, while Monument Mountain (13-2-2) secured the No. 3 seed. Hoosac Valley (9-5-2) found themselves as the No. 11, and Wahconah (6-7-4) earned the No. 10 slot.
"Well, I just thought Greylock would be ahead of us," Monument coach Matt Naventi said. "I was a little surprised that Cathedral was the No. 2 seed. I know they’ve had a tough schedule, but we had a good result against them last week [a 2-0 Monument win]."
Naventi said he likes his side of the bracket. Greylock coach Blair Dils said he was also pleased with a No. 4 seed.
Not all coaches were pleased with the seeds, however.
"I think [the seeds] were a little unfair, Wahconah just got in the tournament and we beat them and tied them and they got a 10 and they put us at 11," Hoosac Valley coach Camilo Bermudez said. "Granted we were in the South, but it’s not like Wahconah beat anybody we didn’t beat.
"Realistically though, in the Western Mass. Tournament you can’t complain because you are going to have a tough game no matter what."
The Lenox boys were awarded the top seed in the Division III tournament.
"I have to think this is based, in part, on our reputation," said Lenox
The Millionaires will host the winner of the Gateway-St. Joseph’s game.
The other county teams in division III are St. Joseph’s (10-7-0) at No. 9, Lee (6-7-3) at No. 10 and McCann Tech (9-8-0) at No. 11.
McCann Tech will travel to No. 6 Sabis (8-7-2).
The No. 3 Spartans will host No. 14 Putnam (6-12) on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The Mounties will host No. 11 Athol (8-8-2) on Saturday night. The time has not been set.
"I don’t know much about Athol," said Dils. "But right now, we’re concerning ourselves with our team and how we know how to play."
Hoosac Valley will travel to No. 6 Hampshire either Friday night or Saturday, which is one thing Bermudez likes about the tournament.
"There isn’t a team in Berkshire County that would tell you they want to play another Berkshire County team," he said. "The excitement for the kids is they get to play a team they’ve never played before, that’s why I really don’t mind our game. We get to travel out there and play under the lights."