Lit­tle Rock Rangers start first play­off run

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

Af­ter los­ing their fi­nal two games of the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Lit­tle Rock Rangers (4-2-4 Heart­land Divi­sion) en­ter the Na­tional Premier Soc­cer League play­offs for the first time in the fran­chise’s two-year ex­is­tence.

Play­off seed­ing is de­ter­mined by a team’s points per game. Three points are awarded for wins, one point for ties. Lit­tle Rock tied with Tulsa Ath­letic with 1.6 points per game for sec­ond place in the Heart­land Divi­sion, but the Rangers’ 3-2 loss at Tulsa on Satur­day breaks the tie.

There are 96 teams in the NPSL, and the num­ber of teams that are rep­re­sented in the play­offs from its 14 con­fer­ences varies. In the South, four teams from each divi­sion make the play­offs, and the Rangers will play at No. 2 Tulsa as the No. 3 seed Satur­day. There are five rounds lead­ing up to the NPSL cham­pi­onship, and the Rangers would host a play­off game if they even­tu­ally face a team with a lower PPG.

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