Calvary Baptist (8-6-1) at Sterlington (13-9-2), Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Making its first postseason appearance in program history, Sterlington opens the Division IV boys state soccer playoffs at home against Calvary Baptist on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Sterlington (13-9-2) qualified for the playoffs as the No. 10 seed in its first season of eligibility. As a start-up program, the Panthers competed as an independent last year.
Coach Kyle Keyes' Panthers clinched second place in District 2 with a 3-0 victory over Grace Christian last Thursday in Alexandria.
Playing their third game in as many days, the Panthers fell to Brandon (Miss.) 6-1 in the regular season finale. The loss snapped a season-best four-game winning streak.
Calvary (8-6-1) finished runner-up to Evangel in District 1. Wrapping up the regular season, the Cavaliers swept a home-and-home with North Caddo 6-0, 5-0.
Thursday's winner will travel to No. 7 Baton Rouge Dunham in the second round.
In other first-round games involving District 2 teams, No. 17 Delta Charter travels to No. 16 Ascension Christian, No. 24 Vidalia is at No. 9 Glenmora and No. 21 Rapides visits Christ Episcopal. No. 8 St. Frederick received a first-round pass into the second round and awaits the Vidalia-Glenmora winner.
The complete first-round pairings:
No. 1 Episcopal of Acadiana (bye)
No. 17 Delta Charter at Ascension Christian (Saturday, 5 p.m.)
No. 24 Vidalia at No. 9 Glenmora
No. 8 St. Frederick (bye)
No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas (bye)
No. 21 Rapides at No. 12 Christ Episcopal
No. 20 Opelousas Catholic at No. 13 Lafayette Christian
No. 4 Isidore Newman (bye)
No. 3 Northlake Christian (bye)
No. 19 Houma Christian at No. 14 Evangel
No. 22 Runnels at No. 11 Metairie Park Country Day (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)
No. 6 Catholic-New Iberia (bye)
No. 7 Dunham (bye)
No. 23 Calvary Baptist at No. 10 Sterlington
No. 18 Westminster Christian at No. 15 Covenant Christian
No. 2 Episcopal (bye)