Only one team all season had managed to hang more than a couple goals on the Fountain Valley girls soccer team — that was until Peak to Peak absolutely lit them up this past Saturday in a 7-0 drubbing.
Needless to say, the Pumas are still riding that wave as they head into the Class 3A state quarterfinals against the defending champions, Colorado Academy, on Thursday.
"You know, they are feeling pretty good about themselves but you have to remind them the two teams we played weren't the state champions," Peak to Peak coach Joe Swanson said on Tuesday. "I was happy to see such confidence out of the attacking side of the ball this weekend."
The Pumas seemed to have found their scoring touch recently after going 4-4-0 down the stretch of the regular season. In their first round game against Bayfield, the 10th-seeded Pumas had four different scorers in a 5-2 rout and they followed that up with the seven-goal burst against the Danes the very next day.
Eight of the team's 12 goals on the weekend were scored by freshmen, including four from Ashley Buck and three from Lindsay Hudson.
For Swanson, it's been enjoyable to mix and match combinations throughout the season as players heal from different bumps and bruises. Through it all, his younger players have been a very steady presence.
The maturity they've shown could help against a Colorado Academy team that may be even better defensively than last year when they captured the 3A crown. The Mustangs have yielded just eight goals in going 12-3 thus far — and six of those came against 5A powerhouse Grandview.
The teams will play at CA at 4 p.m.
"It's going to be an uphill battle and it could very well come down to who flinches on defense first," Swanson said. "Hopefully with some of this new-found confidence that we can find a 1-goal lead first. If we can find that net first and find ourselves settling into our type of game, that's the challenge."
The No. 10 seeded Pumas were the only real big spoilers in 3A, as the 1-6 seeds all advanced along with No. 9 Faith Christian. Also advancing to the quarterfinals with another home game is No. 4 seed Jefferson Academy, and the Jaguars will host Liberty Common looking to get to the semifinals for the second straight year.
On Wednesday, the 5A and 2A brackets will continue their tournaments.
Monarch, fresh off a huge win against Fairview in the round of 16, will face the aforementioned Grandview in another instance of a local team bidding to upset a defending champion.
Broomfield, having not allowed a goal in four straight games, will play ThunderRidge on the road at Shea Stadium.
Finally, Dawson will be seeking its second straight entrance into the Class 2A championship game with a semifinal tilt against Evangelical Christian (5 p.m., All City Stadium).
(8) Monarch vs. (1) Grandview, Stutler Bowl, 5:30 p.m.
(12) Broomfied vs. (4) Thunder Ridge, Shea Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
(14) Arapahoe vs. (6) Mountain Vista, Shea Stadium, 7 p.m.
(7) Rocky Mountain vs. (2) Columbine, Lakewood Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m.
Semifinals: May 21
Championship: May 25
(9) Faith Christian at (1) Kent Denver, 4:30 p.m.
(5) Liberty Common at (4) Jefferson Academy, 5 p.m.
(6) Coal Ridge at (3) The Academy, Peak to Peak HS, 7 p.m.
(10) Peak to Peak at (2) Colorado Academy, 4 p.m.
Semifinals: May 21
Championship: May 24
(5) Evangelical Christian vs. (1) Dawson School, 7 p.m. at All City Stadium
(3) Front Range Christian vs. (2) Vail Mountain, 5 p.m. at All City Stadium
Championship: May 24, 5 p.m., Dick's Sporting Goods Park