To say there is plenty on the line in the final week of the regular season of girls soccer would be a mild understatement.
Look no further than the Class 5A Front Range League, where four of the five BoCo teams are firmly locked into a playoff spot based on their RPI; and three of those squads — Legacy, Broomfield and even Fairview — all will have a say in deciding the outright league champion.
Unranked Legacy (12-1 overall, 9-1 in the FRL) is coming off a huge victory on Thursday night in Fort Collins against previously unbeaten and No. 6 ranked Fossil Ridge and will look to keep things going on Tuesday at North Stadium against co-league leaders Rocky Mountain.
More than city bragging rights could be on the line Thursday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, when the Lighting travel to No. 2 Broomfield — a 1-0 setback to Rocky in its last match — to close out the regular season.
Depending on how things break, Fairview — despite its two league losses — still has a chance. The Knights, currently No. 19 in the RPI, host Fossil Ridge and travel to Rocky.
Monarch is currently No. 24 in the RPI (the top 32 get into the 5A state field) and the Coyotes will get league bottom dwellers Greeley West and Mountain Range in the final week.
Things are a little more complicated in Class 4A.
Can you guess which team has the highest RPI?
If you said 5-7 Holy Family, then you would be correct. The Tigers (No. 9 in the RPI), despite their sub .500 record, played one of the toughest nonleague schedules out there and should be battle tested when the time comes.
Windsor has a stranglehold on the Tri-Valley Legaue title, having already downed Holy Family. Both Erie (No. 18 in the RPI) and Skyline (No. 23) appear to be locked in to a playoff spot, but would love to finish with a flourish. Erie will have an easier go against lesser foes Roosevelt and Berthoud; while the Falcons will have their chance at Windsor on Monday.
The wild and wacky Northern League is already settled and Niwot, with one non-league game against Littleton to go, was crowned the champs. The Cougars lone loss in the league play was a overtime setback to Centaurus.
The Warriors controlled their own fate and appeared to be cruising along. But back-to-back 2-0 losses to Northridge and Thompson Valley not only cost them a shot at a league title, but dropped them to No. 37 in the RPI with just a home match against Steamboat Springs (5-8) on Friday.
Silver Creek is right on the bubble at No. 31 and will have to sit and wait to see what their future holds. The Raptors are done and have to hope that the teams behind them don't do anything to vault past them.
Things are a lot clearer in both Class 3A and 2A.
Jefferson Academy is No. 1 in both the RPI and the CHSAANow.com polls after a 12-1-1 regular season and a strong run through the Metro League (Region 6). Peak to Peak is No. 6 in the RPI and the Pumas are in line for a first round bye in the 3A bracket.
First-year Prospect Ridge still has a chance to sneak in. The Miners are currently the last team in by virtue of their No. 24 RPI ranking, a number that will be tough to move off of win or lose in their final match against The Academy (No. 8 in the RPI).
Reigning state runners-up Dawson are locked into the No. 2 spot in Class 2A.