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Basalt soccer heading to playoffs

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Basalt goalie Adrian Lujan makes a sliding save against Coal Ridge in a match earlier this season. The Longhorns will open the Class 3A state playoffs at Denver Christian on Friday.

The Basalt Longhorns will open the Class 3A boys soccer state playoffs the same way they opened the regular season — on the road against a familiar parochial foe.

The Basalt boys soccer team, seeded No. 14 in the 32-team Class 3A state field, will take on No. 19-seed Denver Christian (9-6-0) in a first-round playoff match set for 3 p.m. Friday at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs.

No. 3 seed Classical Academy earned the host designation for the first and second rounds as one of the top eight 3A seeds in the state. Classical (14-1-0) will play No. 30 Vanguard Charter School (10-4-1), another Colorado Springs high school, in a first-round game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The two first-round winners will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Classical Academy to advance to the quarterfinals of Class 3A soccer Nov. 1.

Defending state champion Colorado Academy (Denver) is the No. 1 overall seed at 14-0-1.

Salida, the only team to beat The Classical Academy this year, is the No. 2 seed at 15-0-0.

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Classical is No. 3 with Frontier Academy (Greeley) seeded No. 4.

Kent Denver (11-2-2) is the No. 5 seed.

Coal Ridge High School (New Castle) earned a host bid for the first and second rounds as the No. 6 overall seed. The Titans are 12-2-1.

Roaring Fork High School (Carbondale) also earned a 3A host site designation as the No. 8 seed (11-2-2).

No. 7 is Bruce Randolph (Denver), with an 11-1-2 record.

Coal Ridge will take on No. 27 Alexander Dawson (Lafayette) at 1 p.m. Friday at New Castle.

The Coal Ridge-Alexander Dawson winner will take on the winner of No. 11 Manitou Springs (12-3-0) vs. No. 22 Sheridan (8-5-2) in the second round.

Manitou and Sheridan will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Coal Ridge High School.

Saturday's winners game is set for 1 p.m.

No. 8 Roaring Fork will take on No. 25 Fountain Valley (8-6-1) at 6 p.m. Friday in Carbondale.

No. 9 Faith Christian (8-6-1)will take on No. 24 Telluride (11-2-0) in the other first-round game in Carbondale (4 p.m. Friday).

Basalt (9-5-10), back in the playoffs again this season under head coach Brent Hayes, will take on a Denver Christian team that was the opener on the schedule two months ago.

The Longhorns beat Denver Christian in a 2-1 contest on Aug. 30.

Denver Christian enters Friday's game with a five-game winning steak.

Basalt heads into the state playoffs off a 2-0 loss to Class 4A defending state champion Battle Mountain in a nonconference regular-season finale.

Prior, the Longhorns scored back-to-back wins over playoff teams Coal Ridge and Vail Mountain.

The Longhorns widespread offense produced 13 different goal-scorers this season, led by Juan Abrego and Darwin Orellana, who have five goals each.

Omar Contreras has four goals in only six games since rejoining the team.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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