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BROOMFIELD — There is a lot made this time of year about seeds.

But given all the questions surrounding the state's RPI system, the number inside the parenthesis doesn't carry a lot value.

"I don't think anybody should be underestimated when you're in the Elite 8, it's just not a smart thing to do," said Jefferson Academy coach Denise Sutton, whose Jaguars are the top seed in the 3A state tournament and will get a rematch with Metropolitan League foe SkyView Academy on Wednesday at 5 p.m. "We just have to keep them balanced and we will continue to train like we would for any other team."

And the Jaguars were dealt a bit of reality check last weekend in their second-round match against 17th-seeded Coal Ridge. Yes, they were favored — on paper — but after 40 minutes, it was only a 1-0 game.

They got the message at halftime and it eventually finished 6-0.

"They had to find a place within themselves to start playing harder, getting more on the ball and working as a unit," said Sutton, who is no stranger to deep postseason runs, having done so at Faith Christian on multiple occasions. "And they got up."

Jefferson Academy got by the ninth-seeded Hawks 5-1 last month, but that means nothing going into Wednesday's match. SkyView Academy has only lost once since and Sutton knows the grind of the Metro League — which has five of the final eight teams — has teams prepared for this very moment.


"There is no clear and defined No. 1 in our league, and everyone left is capable of taking it this year," she said. "My slogan to my girls is you are not No. 1 until you are No. 1, so we can't get ahead of ourselves, we just have to play good soccer."

And the Jags have played great soccer in front of freshman goalie Brooklyn Kirkpatrick, who has allowed just seven goals all season and has nine clean sheets — including her last four matches.

"She is super confident and what is neat about her is that she is appreciating this moment we've been given and she is not taking it for granted," Sutton said. "I think she could be the game changer for us to get across the finish line."

One possible opponent Jefferson Academy could face in Saturday's semifinals is fifth-seeded Peak to Peak, which battles No. 4 Liberty Common at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Jags beat the Pumas 5-3 on April 4th in their previous meeting this season.

In Class 2A they have reached the semifinals and No. 2-seed Dawson School is eager to earn a shot at redemption at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and the finals.

The Mustangs, who have finished as runners-up in the last two state tournaments, will rematch against a Front Range Christian side that they only beat 3-2 on April 13 despite drastically out-shooting the Falcons.

Dawson appears to be healthy and that will be huge if in fact they advance and likely get another shot at No. 1 Denver Christian, who dismantled them 5-0 minus several key players. The Thunder will play Fountain Valley in the first semifinal match at All-City Stadium.

In Class 5A, the Front Range is well represented with three of the final eight and unfortunately, one is sure to go on Wednesday.

Fairview, fresh off a victory over Cherry Creek, will travel to Broomfield — also a PK winner against Columbine — for a 6 p.m. quarterfinal match at Elizabeth Kennedy. The Eagles beat Fairview 2-0 in April.

Legacy has quietly gone about its business on the opposite side of the bracket and will have a chance at 1 p.m. on Wednesday to take down one of the state elite in Mountain Vista. The Golden Eagles survived penalty kicks last Friday against Pine Creek.

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(16) Fairview (13-4) at (8) Broomfield (14-2-1), 6 p.m.

(20) Cherokee Trail (9-6-2) at (12) Arapahoe (13-4), Littleton Public Schools Stadium, 4:30 p.m.

(11) Legacy (15-2) at (3) Mountain Vista (14-2-1), Shea Stadium, 1 p.m.

(7) Regis Jesuit (12-2-3) at (2) Grandview (13-3-1), Stutler Bowl, 5 p.m.

Saturday's semifinals: At Legacy Stadium (Cherokee Trail)



(8) Mullen (12-5) at (1) Valor Christian (15-1), 7 p.m.

(5) The Classical Academy (15-1) at (4) D'Evelyn (13-3-1), Lakewood Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m.

(6) Windsor (16-1) at (3) Lewis-Palmer (15-2), Don Breese Stadium, 5 p.m.

(7) Evergreen (11-6) at (2) Wheat Ridge (15-2), Lakewood Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday's semifinals: At Echo Park Stadium (Parker)



(9) SkyView Academy (12-4-1) at (1) Jefferson Academy (14-1-1), 5 p.m.

(5) Peak to Peak (13-2-1) at (4) Liberty Common (14-1), Fossil Ridge H.S., 6 p.m.

(6) The Academy (15-1) at (3) Manitou Springs (15-1), 6 p.m.

(7) Kent Denver (11-4-1) at (2) Colorado Academy (12-3-1), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's semifinals: At All-City Stadium (Denver)


Semifinals at All-City Stadium (Denver)

(5) Fountain Valley (12-5) vs. (1) Denver Christian (14-2), 5 p.m.

(3) Front Range Christian (10-6) vs. (2) Dawson (12-3), 7 p.m.