Legacy’s Gracie Armstrong.
Legacy's Gracie Armstrong. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

PLAYERS TO KNOW

Skylar Anderson, Sr., Fairview: The cog that makes the Knights go in the midfield. With a sure defense, it will be on Anderson to find ways to create scoring chances.

Gracie Armstrong, Sr., Legacy: Scored 25 times last season, and doing that in the Front Range League is a chore.

Alicia Cardenas, Jr. Erie: Returns to a Tigers team that has aspirations of making the programs deepest playoff run.

Jordan Deger, Sr., Peak to Peak: The Pumas defender anchored a defense that allowed just 15 goals all season and was instrumental in their run to the 3A title game last year.

Alexis Gaffney, Sr., Legacy: An All-Region selection last year for a Lightning defense that will be even better this year.

Mira Houck, Jr., Jefferson Academy: Don't let the 3A moniker fool you, Houck is one of the regions best players regardless of classification.

Anna Maher, Sr., Mead: One of the Mavericks best all-around female athletes, Maher will give it one last go to try and get the Mavs to the playoffs.

Kalen Niedling, Sr., Skyline: Hasn't lost a step since her freshman year and in the Falcons' Dutch-style approach to the game, her speed is an asset all over the field.

Hailey Stodden, Sr.: Broomfield: Reigning BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year has been called by coach Jim Davidson "the best player I've ever coached."


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Emma Sudbeck, Sr., Longmont: Will be the anchor of the Trojans defense that has visions of returning to the playoffs after a one year hiatus.

POSTSEASON INFORMATION

Regular season for all classifications ends May 5, and the CHSAA will announce seeded brackets on May 6. Single-elimination tournaments run from May 8-23, with the championship games to be played May 22 (Class 2A and 3A) and May 23 (Class 4A and 5A) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Peak to Peak’s Jordan Deger.
Peak to Peak's Jordan Deger. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

TEAM-BY-TEAM OUTLOOK

BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Carlos Real (2nd season).

Last year: 4-11 overall, 3-9 Front Range League.

Returning starters: Hannah Dudiak (Jr., D); Corbin Gardner-Sweeney (Sr., F); Sarah Maruyama (Jr., MF); Alia Mentzell (Sr., F); Rock Park (Sr., D); Tawanchai "Sunny" Pine (So., D); Ania Real (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Frida Aguilar (Jr. D); Maria Chapman (Sr., F); Hayden Hotchkiss (Sr., F); Reilly Madden (Jr., D); Morgan Stone (Jr., MF).

Outlook: Building off of last season — the first one under Real's tenure — the Panthers want to continue establishing a solid and promising program-wide culture that's defined by teamwork. Real will lean on this year's varsity veterans to lead the way and to incorporate some very solid new players to the program. "From what we could see in the preseason, this year's team seems to be very solid in all lines, with a much improved understanding of the system and even greater chemistry on and off the field," Real said.

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Jim Davidson (20th season).

Last year: 15-3-1 overall, 10-1-1 Front Range League; Lost 2-0 to Arapahoe in Class 5A state semifinals.

Skyline’s Kalen Niedling.
Skyline's Kalen Niedling. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Returning starters: Marina Davidson (Sr., D); Grace Fuller (Sr., GK); Emily Galvin (Jr., MF); Gia Lemley (Sr., F/MF); Jessie Mooney (Sr., D); Malory Mooney (So., F); Hailey Stodden (Sr., F); Ashley Tuccio (Sr., F).

Others to watch: Isabel Magalong (So., F); Izzy Munsell (Jr., D); Brooke Pennington (So., D); Jayden Rea (So., MF).

Outlook: Said Davidson, whose team starts No. 4 in the preseason CHSAA poll: "With eight returning starters and 16 returning varsity players, we have our goals set at the very height of state competition. We have a great combination of speed, athleticism, and technical ability that should allow us to play an encouraging brand of attacking and possession soccer."

Longmont’s Emma Sudbeck.
Longmont's Emma Sudbeck. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Mario Bezzina (9th season).

Last year: 8-6-1 overall, 5-2 Northern League.

Returning starters: Rachel Fasbender (Sr., D); Olivia Fase (Sr., F); Kaitlynn Hogan (Jr., MF); Laura Leibfried (Sr., MF); Roxana Vranian (Sr., GK); Blakely Weber (Jr., D).

Others to watch: Faith Brendefur (Jr., M); Mikaela Ferraro (So., F); Maddie Nissen (So., D); Faith West-Renney (Jr., GK).

Outlook: Centaurus will rely on a balanced team approach to challenge for a top league position and a competitive run in the post season. The team will be an interesting mix of experienced returning starters and several promising, relatively new additions. They will be very careful to avoid the late season dip in form that cost them a playoff spot last season.

DAWSON SCHOOL MUSTANGS

Coach: Dave Criswell (1st season).

Last year: 13-4 overall, 2-1 Region 5; Lost 4-3 to Denver Christian in Class 2A championship game.

Returning starters: Tina Aieta (So., D); Kaitlin Day (So., F); Madison Day (So., D); Alex Dunbar (So., MF); Cameron Epstein (Jr., F); Kate Gallop (Jr., GK); Emily Hicks (Jr., D); Estasia McGlothlin (So., MF).

Others to watch: Jessa Adkins (Fr., MF); Liv Cramer (Sr., F); Elise Freedman (Fr., MF-F); Degen Miller (Fr., F); Maddy Timms (Fr., D-MF); Sophie Wiener (Jr., MF).

Outlook: Said Criswell: "The goal is to earn our way back to 2A finals while continuing to build and develop our team culture. With eight returning starters driven to continue the success we experienced last year, plus a talented and smart group of new players, I believe we have the potential to be just as competitive as last season. There is some building to do in the back and midfield to replace last year's seniors, but we're seeing players starting to step up and fill in those roles."

ERIE TIGERS

Coach: Jeff Vigil (1st season).

Last year: 11-5 overall, 5-2 Tri-Valley League; Lost 4-3 to Niwot in first round of Class 4A state tournament.

Returning starters: Elise Capra (Sr., D); Alicia Cardenas (Jr., MF); McKenna Harrington (Jr., F); Dana Johnson (So., MF); Alison McNeal (Jr., F); Kennidy Sakalosky (Sr., D); Mariah Veve (So., F); Shuana Xiong (Jr., MF).

Others to watch: Macie Fambrough (So., F); Courtney Hull (So., MF); Parker Johnson (Fr., MF); Emma Maiocco (Fr., F); Madison Tallman (Fr., D).

Outlook: Experienced attack with capability of being pretty explosive. Lots of freshmen and sophomores compliment the juniors and seniors that return to make up a young roster overall. Erie soccer has only been around for four years, there is a lot of excitement and energy adding to an already thriving athletic program. Said Vigil: "The girls made it to the state playoffs last year, but we look to make some noise in this year's post season. We have had a positive start with a good first week of training, and the players are being challenged to be a cohesive unit and a team that gets better everyday."

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: Jeff Frykholm (2nd season).

Last year: 13-5 overall, 9-3 Front Range League; Lost 4-1 to Broomfield in quarterfinals of Class 5A state tournament.

Returning starters: Aspen Anderson (So., F); Skylar Anderson (Sr., MF); Lucy Bauer (Sr. D); Ella Campbell (Sr., D); Mannon Frykholm (Sr., MF); Danielle Nelson (Sr., D); Hayden Velds (So., GK).

Others to watch: Talia Hatami (Jr., MF); Ari Konstantopoulos (Sr., F); Georgia Weeks (So., F).

Outlook: The Knights return a key group of core players, including All-League first team selection Skylar Anderson, and four experienced defenders from last year's back line. How quickly the eight sophomore players on the roster acclimate to the rigors of the Front Range League is a key question for Fairview, who must depend on some younger players to supplement the existing group of veterans.

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: J Doehring (4th season).

Last year: 6-8-1 overall, 1-5-1 Tri-Valley League.

Returning starters: Aisha Leo Anaya (Sr., MF); Aria Bragalone (So., MF); Shea Chavez (Jr., MF); Sydney Christen (So., D); Casey Elnicki (Sr., D); Kali Reuterskoild (Sr., D); Shelby Smotzer (Jr., F); Makenzie teVelde (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Jacki Castillo (Jr., GK); Isabelle Esquivel (Sr., MF).

Outlook: Said Doehring: "We graduated our leading scorer but return nine starters. We have a strong senior class and hope to improve from last year. I see a big year from Shelby Smotzer and Shea Chavez in helping to find the goals we lost from last year. We returned our entire defense and midfield from last year and we are looking to turn a few close games in our favor."

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

Coach: Michelle Griego-Giron (1st season).

Last year: 7-9 overall, 6-1 Tri-Valley League; Lost 5-1 to Littleton in first round of Class 4A state tournament.

Returning starters: Kody Clements (Jr.); Alexa Dang (Sr.); Krista Napierkowski (Sr.); Sally Napierkowski (So.); Nicolette Sandoval (Jr.); Ashley Ward (Jr.).

Others to watch: Kacy Clements (Fr.); Lauren Clingman (Fr.); Julianne Geneser (So.); Jaelen Giron (Fr.); Emily Kuzik (Fr.); Sarah Uhler (Fr.); Tyler Rose Whitlock (Fr.).

Outlook: With a new coaching staff comes a new outlook for the Tigers who look to build their identity as a program. Said Griego-Giron: "We have strong veteran leadership and a promising group of young talent who will be tested with a very competitive schedule. Our goals this season are to stay healthy, improve on our overall record from last year, chase a league championship and make some noise in the state playoffs."

JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS

Coach: Denis Sutton (6th season).

Last year: 15-2-1 overall, 8-1 Metro League; Lost 2-1 to Peak to Peak in semifinals of Class 3A state tournament.

Returning starters: Kristen Capen (Jr., F); Mira Houck (Jr., MF); Michaelah Ingalls (Sr., F); Brooklyn Kirkpatrick (So., GK); Dena Lamb (So., F); Bridget Lynch (Jr., MF); Emily McParland (Sr., D); Kayla Nedved (Jr., D); Rachel Schlagel (Sr., F).

Others to watch: Maggie Hirsch (Fr., MF); Lily Thimsen (So., D).

Outlook: Said Sutton, whose team starts the season at No. 5 in the CHSAA Class 3A preseason poll: "With a number of returning starters we hope to again make it to the postseason. We again will face some very tough teams in the Metro league but feel the maturity of the squad will benefit us in those tight competitions."

LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Luke Meadows (4th season).

Last year: 15-3 overall, 10-2 Front Range League; Lost 4-1 to Mountain Vista in quarterfinals of Class 5A state tournament.

Returning starters: Gracie Armstrong (Sr., F-MF); Analisa 'Boots' Carmosino (Jr., F); Makenna Gottschalk (Sr., GK); Alexis Gaffney (Sr., D); Randi Heaton (Sr., MF); Kailey Maness (Jr, MF).

Others to watch: Ryan Avram (Jr., F); Jackie Coffman (Jr., F-D); Katie Dunbabin (Jr, GK); Nicole Holland-Devore (Sr., D); Brooke Kercher-Pratt (So., D); Miranda Sanchez (Jr., D); Nora Spuler (Jr., F); McKenna Thompson (Jr., D).

Outlook: Any team losing 11 players from the previous year might have cause for concern. But Legacy returns the majority of their scoring, both goals and assists, and there is a strong belief that the team will be even stronger from top to bottom than last year's campaign, with girls who have been hungry for their chance, and clearly have the talent. The goals are high and a Front Range League title is the new target for this year.

LONGMONT TROJANS

Coach: Mike DiGiallonardo (5th season).

Last year: 3-12 overall, 2-5 Northern League.

Returning starters: Sydney Fixmer (Sr., MF); Kennedi Ghesquiere (Sr., F); Amanda Kowalski (Sr., MF); Izzy Neves (Jr., D); Franchesska Ramirez (Sr., GK); Kennedy Sheetz (Sr., D); Kendall Waddle (Sr., MF); Emma Sudbeck (Sr., D); Samantha Wiley (Sr., F); Breanna Yakel (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Mikaela Del Grosso (So., D); Monserrat Hernandez (Jr., D); Marley Higgins (Jr., MF); Bergen Invaldsen (Jr., GK); Annika Moffit (So., MF); Ava Moin (So., F).

Outlook: The Trojans are going to take one game at a time and focus on an offensive attack. Said DiGialonardo, whose team missed the playoffs last season: "We have a lot of returning players this season that have the hunger to play hard and win."

MEAD MAVERICKS

Coach: Shane Adler (2nd season).

Last year: 6-8-1 overall, 2-4-1 Tri-Valley League.

Returning starters: Sarah Cloke (Jr., MF-D); Riley Gilbert (Jr., D); Molly Imhof (Sr., D); Anna Maher (Sr., F-MF); Jaylin Meining (Sr., F-MF); Maddie Muntz (So., MF); Sydney Postle (Sr., D).

Others to watch: Breanna Encinas (So., GK); Peyton Fox (Jr., F); Delaney Higgins (Sr., D); Stephanie Pabst (Jr., GK); Bella Pfarr (Fr., F-MF); Allison Seery (Fr., MF); Ashleigh Seery (Jr., D); Cora Thorndike (Fr., MF).

Outlook: The Mavericks are looking to improve on their record this year with a good group of core players and a surge of young talent. Said Adler: "We are excited for the season and look forward to representing our school."

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Troy Tewalt (1st season).

Last year: 7-9 overall, 6-6 Front Range League; Lost 1-0 to Ralston Valley in first round of Class 5A state tournament.

Returning starters: Liz Deitsch (So., D); Ashton Hall (Sr., MF); Sammie Holland (Jr., MF); Zoey Johnston (So., D); Daisy Light (Jr., F).

Others to watch: Dakota Anderson (Jr., MF); Emily Cameron (Jr., MF-D); Grace Frusciano (Jr., F); Sarah Hunter (Jr., GK); Jane Stark (Jr., D); Izzy Thomason (Jr., MF).

Outlook: Said Tewalt, whose coaching tenure in the region goes back a long way: "Our program has big goals. Our first one is to improve from last season. We'll leave it at that."

NEDERLAND PANTHERS

Coach: Mark Mabbett (3rd season).

Last year: 2-8 overall, 2-1 2A Region 6.

Returning starters: Sommyr Bass (Sr., D); Ash Beattie (So., D-GK); Shayna Beckham (So., MF); Meg Feeley (Jr., D); Anna Hastings (Jr., F); Lily Lindstrom (So., F-D); Alex Sorokach (So., MF); Karen Sorokach (Sr., MF); Linnaea Thibedeau (Sr., D-GK).

Others to watch: Sofie Anderson (Sr., D); Dante Lanthier (Fr., D).

Outlook: Mabbett kept it short and sweet when it cames to prognosticating goals and aspirations for the 2018 spring: "Work hard and get better," he said.

NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Stephen Dimit (2nd season).

Last year: 12-5 overall, 6-1 Northern League; Lost 3-0 to Wheat Ridge in second round of Class 4A state tournament.

Returning starters: Allie Colvin (Sr. GK); Lauren Cranny (So., D); Ava Dumler (Jr., MF); Sage Marten (Sr., F); Anna McCarthy (Sr., F); Kenzie Pasma (Sr., D); Roxie Pasma (Sr., D); Nazary Ramirez (Sr., D).

Others to watch: Elise Crall (Jr., MF); Sierra Keppler (Jr., MF); Mary Stischer (Sr., F).

Outlook: The Cougars return a lot of the pieces of the team that won the Northern League last season. Allie Colvin and Kenzie Pasma lead a strong defense that returns every starter. Standout forward Anna McCarthy will lead an offense that will feature a lot of new faces. Controlling possession and the pace of the game is the Cougars' main goal this year.

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Mark Schieffer (1st season).

Last year: 15-3-1 overall, 7-1-1 Metro League; Lost 1-1 (4-3 in PKs) to The Academy in Class 3A championship game.

Returning starters: Emily Dee (Sr., MF); Jordan Deger (Sr., D); Alayna Mann (Sr., MF-F); Taryn McGinnis (So., D); Emma Shepherd (Jr., MF); Rachel Willette (Jr., GK).

Others to watch: Daneca Nelsen (Fr., MF-F); Iris Zhang (So., F-MF).

Outlook: Said Scheiffer: "One of the team's main goals this year is to win the 3A state title after losing in PKs in the final last year. This will be a big challenge as more than 60 percent of the goals scored last year came from three seniors lost to graduation and two players out for this season (one developmental academy, one knee surgery). Five seniors and seven juniors return to form an experienced, balanced squad. Emily Dee serves as captain again this year, with Jordan Deger (2017 3A first team All-State) and Emma Shepherd (second team) providing strength through the spine of the team."

PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY MINERS

Coach: Todd Schoeder (3rd season).

Last year: 6-9 overall, 2-7 Metro League.

Returning starters: Tatum Abram (Jr., MF); Savanah Bustamante (Sr., D); Alexa Halleck (So., D); Grace Jackson (Sr., MF); Linda Leahy (Jr., GK); Kaylee Pierskalla (Jr., D); Kaylee Potter (Sr., D); Aracelie Silva (Sr., MF).

Others to watch: Reilly Bayliss (Fr., MF); Lily Fletcher (So., F); Jocelyn Korbe (So., D); Tracy Pantleo (Sr., F).

Outlook: Said Schoeder: "We are still a very new program and this will be our first season with a full class (freshmen through senior). With eight returning starters and a new influx of players, our season goal is to finish in the top half of the Metro league conference with a .500 record or better and secure a position in the state playoffs."

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Rob Johnson (2nd season).

Last year: 10-5 overall, 4-3 Northern League.

Returning starters: Holly Bosley (Sr., D); Mallory Lopez (Sr., D); Teresa McGlothlin (Sr., D); Ashley Moffat (Sr., MF); Kaeyla Noble (Sr., GK); Colleen Tyrrell (Jr., D).

Others to watch: Kate Eggen (Jr., MF); Greta Goldsberry (Jr., F); Alexa Karsel (So., F); Annalise Teasdale (Jr., MF).

Outlook: Said Johnson, whose team played spectacular soccer last year, but were left out of the playoffs based on RPI: "Hope to improve from last year and make a deep run in the playoffs."

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Luis Chavez (6th season).

Last year: 10-6 overall, 4-3 Tri-Valley League; lost 2-1 to Air Academy in first round of Class 4A state tournament.

Returning starters: Holy Anson (Jr., D-F); Sabrina Bridwell (Sr.); Kylie Earhart (Sr., D-MF); Serene Fortes (Sr., MF-F); Petra Gilbert (So.); Molly Hennessy (So.); Ally Levin (Jr., MF-F); Maddie Lindauer (Sr.); Kenna Meier (Sr., GK); Grace Miller (Jr., GK); Brie Musser (Jr., MF-F); Kalen Niedling (Sr.); Libdrey Schendel (So.); Lilly Sheetz (Jr., D-F) .

Others to watch: Casey Erickson (Fr.); Brooke Melendez (Sr., MF-F); Brooke Parkinson (So.); Amelia Rojas (So., MF-F); Paola Rubi (Fr.); Cassie Styles (Fr., D-F).

Outlook: Said Chavez: "We continue to work on our core values, respect, discipline, integrity, determination, perseverance, empathy, etc., etc., all with the intent to continue to improve the quality of our program resulting in each individual becoming a better human being and a better athlete."

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