LONGMONT — The Silver Creek boys soccer team is set to face Battle Mountain in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Tuesday and the Raptors are focused on nothing else.
But if they step back a bit and take a brief look at the season that has gotten them to this point, the Raptors can say that it has been one of the best seasons in the program's history, if not the best.
The Raptors won the 4A Northern League regular season title for the first time. For the third time in Silver Creek history, the Raptors have won a first-round playoff game. They have also tied the program's record (2011 season) for most wins in a single season and they're still playing.
The Raptors have had a great run already. And again, they're still playing.
"Our team is so close and we're such good friends that it really helps us chemistry-wise," junior Connor Peskin said. "Once we started beating the teams that we don't regularly beat and the teams that have really good records, we knew we were going to be a good team this year."
The Raptors haven't slowed down since they hit the tournament. In the first round of state last week, the eighth-seeded Raptors (13-2-1) defeated No. 25 Steamboat Springs, 2-2 in a penalty kick shootout.
Led by Peskin, who has 12 goals and tops the team with 28 points, the Raptors feature five players who have scored four or more times this season. Senior Miguel Toledo leads the team with 15 assists in as many games, and with six goals of his own is second the team with 27 points.
Sophomore goalkeeper Aidan Lantaff has five shutouts and is averaging 8.1 saves per game. With Lantaff in goal and a stout defense, the Raptors have allowed just 1.1 goals per game.
"We've been having a really good season," Toledo said. "We won conference for the first time ever, the best record and I think we have a pretty good chance to go far in state. We're proud and we're all good friends so we play well together."
The Raptors won 13 games between the 2014 and 2015 seasons combined. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, they will host ninth-seeded Battle Mountain in Everly-Montgomery Stadium at Longmont High.
"It's just a special team," first-year head coach Rob Johnson said. "There's no one superstar. We have a bunch of good players and they're good kids."