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The Mainland Regional High School boys soccer team shut out Cape-Atlantic League American Division rivals St. Augustine Prep 3-0 at home on Wednesday. Wednesday, October 4

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Four boys and four girls Cape-Atlantic League high school soccer teams were selected to play in this year's South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

The final polls for the Coaches Tournament were released Monday morning.

The first round of games will be played Friday and Saturday. The quarterfinals and semifinals will beheld during the following week, and the two finals will be held Oct. 28 at Rowan University.

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The Mainland boys team earned the highest seed of all the CAL programs at No. 3. The Mustangs will host No. 14 Palmyra.

Atlantic City (13-1-1) not only qualified for the first time in program history, but earned a first-round home game. The fifth-seeded Vikings will host No. 12 Williamstown.

Two-time champion Ocean City (2005, 2007) and 2010 champion St. Augustine Prep are the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds respectively. Ocean City hosts No. 10 Glassboro in a rematch from their 1-1 tie on Oct. 2, and St. Augustine heads to No. 6 Bishop Eustace, another top team in South Jersey Non-Public A.

If Mainland and St. Augustine win their first round matchups, they will meet a third time. The two teams tied Sept. 9 and Mainland won 3-0 on Oct. 4.

No CAL girls team has ever won the tournament going back to 1987.

The Ocean City girls are the only CAL team with a home game. The fifth-seeded Red Raiders will host No. 12 Burlington Township.

Oakcrest is making its first ever appearance in the tournament. The 14th-seeded Falcons head to No.3 Kingsway Regional.

No. 13 EHT will head to No. 4 Cinnaminson in an intriguing first-round matchup. The Eagles have been one of the top teams in the CAL again with their only loss to Mainland.

Mainland grabbed the No. 15 seed after being on the outside looking in according to last week's poll. The Mustangs went in Friday's game against Clearview Regional having not allowed a goal since losing 2-0 in the season opener to Toms River North.

Mainland beat Clearview 2-1, the goal allowed being an own goal, to qualify for the tournament. Mainland will head to second-seeded Washington Township.

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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