Most teams around the state had a pretty good idea where they stood and what to expect on Sunday when the CHSAA released the state playoff brackets.
Eleven BoCo teams have made the postseason, but it might be the one that didn't that gets talked more about.
Rob Johnson's Silver Creek Raptors were an impressive 10-5 this season — three of those setbacks coming in overtime — and were playing good soccer. Despite that, they were still 29th in the final Class 4A RPI standings and with the rule in place that states that the top two league finishers are automatic qualifiers, the Raptors were bumped.
In instead are No. 32 Conifer (No. 48 in RPI), No. 31 Thompson Valley (No. 37 RPI and a 1-0 loser to Silver Creek), No. 30 Elizabeth (No. 31 RPI) and No. 29 George Washington (No. 30 RPI). It will be a tough pill to swallow for Silver Creek that will have to regroup for 2018.
In Class 5A, the underrated — by state wide numbers — Front Range League has seven teams in the tournament with four from BoCo. League champion Broomfield (12-2-1), seeded No. 8, will host Chatfield on Tuesday night. Also in Quadrant 1 is Fairview. The Knights (11-4), seeded No. 16 will host Rock Canyon and if they advance will likely see No. 1 Cherry Creek in Round 2.
No. 29 Monarch will travel to Ralston Valley; and what looks like a favorable draw in Quadrant 3 for Legacy has them opening with Smoky Hill.
In Class 4A, Holy Family and Niwot each will host their first round games. The 15th-seeded Cougars will get a rematch against No. 18 Erie, who they beat 4-2 last month.
In Class 3A, Jefferson Academy is the top overall seed and, along with No. 5 Peak to Peak, earned a first round draw and the right to host their second round matches.
In 2A, defending state runners-up Dawson are seeded No. 2 and received a first round bye. The Mustangs will face either Rocky Mountain Lutheran or Clear Creek on Friday in the quarterfinals.
GIRLS SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tuesday, games times TBA
(17) Rock Canyon (9-6) at (16) Fairview (11-4)
(25) Chatfield (9-6) at (8) Broomfield (12-2-1)
(29) Monarch (7-8) at (4) Ralston Valley (11-4)
(22) Smoky Hill (8-6-1) at (11) Legacy (13-2)
Wednesday, game times TBA
(21) Skyline (10-5) at (12) Air Academy (10-5), 6:30 p.m.
(19) Littleton (7-8) at (14) Holy Family (7-8)
(18) Erie (11-4) at (15) Niwot (11-4)
Friday, game times TBA
(1) Jefferson Academy (13-1-1), bye
-- will play winner of (17) Coal Ridge/(16)Resurrection Christian on Saturday
(5) Peak to Peak (12-2-1), bye
-- will play winner of (21) Aspen/(12) Middle Park on Saturday
Tuesday, game times TBA
(2) Dawson (11-3), bye
-- will play winner of (10) Rocky Mountain Lutheran/(7) Clear Creek on Friday