League teams in state soccer quarterfinals
The Aspen Times
Soccer teams from the Western Slope League will continue their assault on the Class 3A state playoff bracket this week.
Two teams from the conference will play in the state quarterfinals Friday with berths in the state semifinals on the line.
“It’s fantastic they are still in,” Aspen head coach Dave Francis said of league colleagues Vail Mountain School and Coal Ridge. “I’ve got a good relationship with the Vail coach, and I’ve been texting him. And this is also great for Coal Ridge.”
Francis said Coal Ridge (14-3-0) will take on the No. 1 seed Kent Denver team that topped the Skiers in the second round of the state playoffs last weekend. Kent Denver edged Aspen 3-0 in a match that turned right before halftime when the Skiers threatened to pull into a 1-1 tie with the Sun Devils on their home field.
But after an Aspen shot hit the crossbar, Kent Denver responded with a second goal and a 2-0 halftime lead.
“Coal Ridge and Kent Denver .. they both played the same formation against us,” Francis said. “That’ll be interesting to see which team can impose its formation on the other.”
Coal Ridge is the No. 9 seed in the 32-team Class 3A state bracket. The Titans beat Sterling 4-0 in the first round of the state plaoffs before shutting out Denver Science and Technology 6-0.
Kent Denver beat Estes Park 5-0 before the 3-0 win over Aspen last weekend.
Vail Mountain School (13-3-1) will take on No. 4 seed Denver Christian (13-1-3) at 3 p.m. Friday in Denver. Vail Mountain School enters the quarters with a 13-3-1 record, including a pair of thrilling one-goal wins over Aspen.
No. 2 seed Frontier Academy, a 3-2 winner over Basalt in the first round, will host No. 10 seed Salida in Friday’s qurterfinals. Frontier is 14-1-2. Salida is 14-3-0.
In the final quarterfinal matchup Friday, No. 6 Colorado Academy (13-4-0) will host the surprise team of the bracket — No. 19 seed Peak to Peak of Lafayette (9-8-0). Peak to Peak beat Pagosa Springs 3-2 in the first round.
Then, Peak to Peak stunned No. 3 overall seed Roaring Fork with a 4-3 win in Carbondale.
“I read the report on that Roaring Fork match,” Francis said. “Sounds like they had some tough luck. I would have loved to have seen Roaring Fork … advance, too.”
Francis said he was more than pleased with the progress the Skiers made this year in advancing to the state playoffs.
“It was a fantastic season. We’ve taken some huge, huge steps forward,” Francis said.
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