The Front Range League qualified eight teams for the 2015 5A girls soccer state tournament and is always one of the top conferences in Colorado.
But this year's Front Range League action has already been incredible. If things keep going the way they did through March and the early part of April, the chase for the Front Range League crown will be one of the most exciting preps storylines to follow in 2016.
"You just look around and it still continues to be one of the most competitive leagues and we're all expecting to be right in the mix at the end," Legacy head coach Luke Meadows said. "Then we'll find out how we stack up against the elite teams from elsewhere in the state."
So far, the BoCoPreps.com area teams have been right at the center of the action.
Broomfield (3-1-1, 0-1-1 Front Range), the reigning Class 5A runner-up club with five Division-I recruits on its roster, is currently ranked fifth in the CHSAANow.com poll. Monarch (6-1, 3-1 Front Range) is sixth. Fairview (4-1-1, 3-0-1 Front Range) is seventh.
Already this season, Monarch has a 2-1 win over Broomfield. Fairview beat Monarch, 1-0. Fairview also won 2-1 against Boulder (1-3-1, 1-2 Front Range), but needed double-overtime to do it. On Tuesday, Fairview and Broomfield played to a 2-2 draw.
Meadows' Legacy club (0-1-1, 0-1-1 Front Range) has only been able to play two games so far this weather-shortened spring. But the Lightning only graduated two seniors from last year's team and figure to be major players in the conference yet again, though the Legacy girls will have to squeeze 13 games into 24 calendar days following spring break.
Outside of the BoCoPreps.com area teams, Fossil Ridge has a pair of national team players. Rocky Mountain is good. So when Davidson says there are no easy games, he's not exaggerating.
A total of 67 girls from Colorado will play D-I soccer in the fall and 133 overall will play in college next season. With an unusual amount of talent all around in Colorado girls soccer this year, it will be interesting to see how the Front Range League teams stack up among the state's best at the end. But first the Front Range League teams will all have to survive the gauntlet that is the conference schedule.
"The league, it just doesn't let up," Fairview head coach Dan Niedringhaus said. "When you look at the quality teams, Monarch is great, Boulder is incredible, there's Fossil (Ridge), Broomfield, Rocky, Fort Collins, I think it's easily one of the top two leagues in the state for 5A."
"I love being a part of it," Davidson added. "The thing about the league is that if you survive it and you have some momentum going into the playoffs, there are four to five teams that, if they are playing their best soccer, could find themselves playing for a final."
Front Range League standings (overall record, league record) so far:
Rocky Mountain (2-1-1, 1-0)
Fort Collins (3-2, 2-0)
Fairview (4-1-1, 3-0-1)
Monarch (6-1, 3-1)
Fossil Ridge (4-1, 3-1)
Poudre (2-3, 2-1)
Boulder (1-3-1, 1-2)
Horizon (2-2, 1-2)
Legacy (0-1-1, 0-1-1)
Mountain Range (1-3-1, 0-1-1)
Broomfield (3-1-1, 0-1-1)
Greeley West (3-2, 0-2)
Loveland (0-6, 0-4)