Boys soccer: Basalt, Aspen travel to open state playoffs
The Aspen Times
Hit the road, boys.
Both the Basalt and Aspen high school boys soccer teams will hit the road to open the 2015 state playoffs this week.
The Longhorns, with a 10-game unbeaten streak, earned a No. 16 seed in the 32-team field for the Class 3A boys soccer state playoffs.
They will take on No. 17 Sheridan in a Friday afternoon match at Kent Denver High School, the overall No. 1 seed and host of the four-team opening round of state.
Host Kent Denver (14-0-1) will play Aspen (6-8-1) as the Skiers landed in the state bracket as the final entry and 32nd seed.
Basalt (8-5-2) and Sheridan (8-5-2) are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Friday at Kent Denver.
Aspen will take on the No. 1 Kent Denver team at 3 p.m. Friday.
The winners will play each other Saturday in the second round with the match to start at 1 p.m.
The winner Saturday will move into the state quarterfinals, set for Nov. 6.
Vail Mountain School (13-1-1), winner of the Western Slope League, will host a weekend of playoff soccer after the Gore Rangers were seeded No. 4 overall.
Vail Mountain will play No. 29 Crested Butte (7-6-0) at 1 p.m. Friday in Vail.
No. 13 Vanguard School of Colorado Springs (11-3-0) will play No. 20 Arrupe Jesuit of Denver (8-5-1)in the other game Friday at Vail Mountain School.
The No. 2 seed in Class 3A is Liberty Common of Fort Collins (14-0-1).
Liberty Common will host No. 21 Bruce Randolph of Denver (6-8-1). Denver Christian (11-4-0) as the No. 15 seed, will take on No. 18 Coal Ridge (9-5-1) from the Western Slope League in the other game at Liberty Common in Fort Collins.
The No. 3 seed is KIPP Denver Collegiate (12-3-0), set to host No. 30 Rye (10-4-1). Other teams in that regional include No. 14 Colorado Springs Christian (11-3-1) vs. No. 19 Aurora West College Prep (11-3-1).
Also hosting opening weekends are No. 5 Pagosa Springs, No. 6 Fountain Valley, No. 7 Colorado Academy of Denver and No. 8 Faith Christian.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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