Heading into the postseason with a scoreless tie was much better than a loss for the Modesto Junior College women's soccer team.
In an effort to rest some players, coach Steve Aristotelous used several players off the bench against Diablo Valley College in the teams' Big 8 Conference finale Thursday.
He said Modesto (13-5-3, 5-3-1 Big 8) actually earned bonus points for tying the Vikings (9-8-4, 5-5-3) because of their winning record.
"A lot of girls we subbed in played real hard, and we had some chances to win it," Aristotelous said. "I felt like we were pretty big underdogs (with five players sitting out). We have nine days to get players hopefully back to healthy."
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The Pirates will be the sixth seed in Northern California and host a game on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. They find out their opponent on Tuesday.