One area soccer team still alive in playoffs
The Aspen Times
And then there was one.
Four boys soccer teams from the Western Slope League entered the Class 3A state playoffs last weekend. After two rounds of matches, only one team remains in the search for a state championship.
Coal Ridge High School, of New Castle, was the lone survivor from a weekend of playoff soccer that reduced the playoff field from 32 teams to eight.
The Titans, the overall No. 6 seed, won a pair of games on their home field Friday and Saturday. Coal Ridge shut out Alexander Dawson (Lafayette) by an 8-0 margin.
On Saturday, the Titans shut out Sheridan, 6-0, to advance to the state quarterfinals Friday.
Coal Ridge (14-2-1) will take on The Classical Academy (16-1-0) in Colorado Springs in the semifinals.
The Classical Academy, the No. 3 overall seed, won two matches at home last weekend, starting with a 9-3 win over Vanguard Charter School. Classical then shut out Denver Christian, 3-0, to advance to the final eight.
Denver Christian, the No. 19 seed, had upset No. 14 Basalt in a 3-2 first-round game in Colorado Springs. That ended the Longhorns season at 9-6-1.
Among Basalt’s victories this season were wins over playoff survivors Coal Ridge and Kent Denver.
In another state quarterfinal matchup, No. 1 seed and defending state champion Colorado Academy (16-0-1) will take on No. 25 seed Fountain Valley (10-6-1). Fountain Valley pulled two consecutive upsets last weekend, playing at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.
Fountain Valley knocked off No. 8 seed Roaring Fork, 1-0, and then beat No. 9 Faith Christian, 3-2.
Colorado Academy shut out Sterling and Fort Lupton last weekend.
No. 2 seed Salida (17-0-0) advanced to a quarterfinal match against No. 10 seed Aurora West College Prep (14-3-0) this week.
Salida beat Arrupe Jesuit, 5-1, and then stopped Holy Family, 3-0.
The final quarterfinal match will send No. 5 Kent Denver (13-2-2) against No. 4 Frontier Academy, of Greeley (16-0-0).
Kent Denver beat Liberty Common, 1-0, and Machebeuf, 6-0.
Frontier Academy eliminated Jefferson Academy, 5-2, and Vail Mountain School, 2-0.
No. 13 seed Vail Mountain had beaten No. 20 Colorado Springs Christian in the first round, 4-2.
Kickoff time has been set for the Aspen High School football playoff game at Faith Christian in Arvada on Saturday. The 2A state playoff first-round game will start at noon at the Faith Christian stadium at 4890 Carr St. in Arvada.
Aspen (6-3) was seeded No. 13 in the 16-team state bracket. Faith Christian (7-2) was the No. 4 overall seed. The Eagles last won a state title in 2009. They’ve won three state championships since 2004.
This year marks the seventh consecutive state playoff appearance for the Skiers under head coach Mike Sirko.
The winner of Saturday’s game between Aspen and Faith Christian will advance to the second round and a game against the winner of No. 12 Fort Lupton (6-4) at No. 5 Gunnison (7-2).
Undefeated Brush (8-0) is the overall No. 1 seed. The Beetdiggers will host The Academy (4-5), of Westminster, in the first round.
The Brush-Academy winner will move to the second round to take on the winner of No. 8 Florence (7-2) against No. 9 Strasburg (7-2).
In the bottom half of the bracket, No. 2 Manitou Springs (9-0) will host No. 15 Jefferson (7-2) in the first round.
No. 7 Kent Denver (7-2), the defending 2A state champion, will host No. 10 Lamar (7-2) with the winner facing the Manitou-Jefferson winner in the second round.
No. 3 Platte Valley (7-1), of Kersey, will host No. 14 Ridge View Academy (4-4), of Watkins, on Saturday. Platte Valley finished second in the state playoffs a year ago.
The Platte Valley-Ridge View winner will play the winner of No. 11 Olathe (6-3) at No. 6 Bennett (7-2) in the second round of the Class 2A football playoffs.
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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