When Gloucester girls head soccer coach Alex White first learned of her team's state tournament seed on Wednesday, Gloucester was originally the No. 16 seed in Division 2 North and scheduled to play No. 17 Arlington Catholic on Friday.
But an error changed all of that. Gloucester was incorrectly listed with a record of 8-7-3, its record stands at 8-6-3. The error was fixed and Gloucester moved up to the No. 15 seed, swapping spots with Swampscott, who moved down to the No. 16 seed. Gloucester will now square off with No. 18 Melrose Friday at Gordon College (3:00 p.m.) in the Division 2 North preliminary round.
Whether it was Melrose or Arlington Catholic, Gloucester will be meeting an unfamiliar opponent, and that's just the way White wants it.
"It's definitely harder to play a team you've already seen once or twice," White said. "We don't know much about Melrose but they don't know much about us either. We don't want to play a familiar team, especially with Danvers, Swampscott and Marblehead in the tournament too, we know everything about each other. We will do a little research on Melrose and put a game plan together. It's a new season now and the team knows anything can happen."
The winner of Friday's clash will move on to the Division 2 North First round, where it will travel to No. 2 seed Hamilton-Wenham on Sunday (2:00 p.m.) in the Division 2 North first round.
Gloucester enters the tournament playing its best soccer of the year finishing the regular season with an 8-2-1 record after starting the year 0-4-2. The Fishermen had a lot of holes to fill as they were hit hard by graduation from a 2011 team that had the most successful season in the program's history, making it all the way to the sectional semi finals, the first Gloucester soccer team to qualify for a sectional semi final.