Boys soccer: Broomfield, Fairview lead way in state playoff seedings

David Jennings
Broomfield’s Nick Saunders battles for control of the ball against Legacy earlier this season. The Eagles earned the No. 1 spot in the 4A state soccer bracket released Sunday.

Soccer fans rejoice. There will be plenty of playoff action to take in, starting this week.

Nine local boys soccer team earned state tournament berths and eight of those squads will host opening-round games either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Broomfield claimed the No. 1-seed in the Class 4A bracket released Sunday by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Fairview earned the No. 2 spot in Class 5A.

“It’s exciting,” Eagles coach Jim Davidson said of earning the top seed. “Maybe a little nervous with a target on our back, but there always seems to be one.”

The Eagles have won four state titles, but fell short last year. Broomfield made it to the title game, but lost 1-0 to Air Academy. The Eagles (11-3-1) will begin a new title quest against No. 32 Summit (8-7-0) on Wednesday.

Fairview (11-2-2) hosts former Centennial League foe and No. 31 seed Eaglecrest (4-8-3) on Tuesday. Coach Stan Jozwiak, whose Knights have been off since wrapping up the regular season with a win Wednesday, said his squad is using the break between games to heal up.

“We’re getting ourselves healthy and mentally ready,” he said.

Fairview made it to the state quarterfinals last year, but lost 3-1 in that round to rival Boulder. A rematch this year would only happen in the state title game as the Panthers are on the other side of the bracket as the No. 8 seed.

Boulder (9-3-3) will host No. 25 Grandview (6-6-3) on Tuesday. The playoff berth is the Panthers’ sixth in a row.

After ousting the Knights last season, Boulder fell in double overtime in the semifinals to eventual 5A champ Cherry Creek.

While there are just two local squads in the 5A bracket, five local teams earned 4A playoff spots and four of those are from the highly competitive Northern League.

Broomfield led the way, but league foes Silver Creek, Niwot and Centaurus also made the field.

“I think it shows they (the selection committee) respect the depth and the parity within our league to move those teams into the top 12,” Davidson said.

The No. 8 Raptors (12-3) will host No. 25 Denver South (8-7), the No. 11 Cougars (11-3-1) will host No. 22 Cañon City (10-4-1) and the No. 12 Warriors (7-7-1) host No. 21 Pueblo West (9-5-1) on Wednesday.

No. 20 Skyline (10-5) also made the 4A bracket, but is the lone team hitting the road. The Falcons will face No. 13 Palmer Ridge (11-4) on Thursday.

In Class 3A, No. 8 Holy Family (12-2-1) hosts No. 25 Middle Park (6-7-1) and No. 12 Peak to Peak (7-7-1) hosts No. 21 Frontier Academy (11-4). Both games are slated for Wednesday.

First-round game times have yet to be set and a storm predicted to arrive mid-week could throw a wrench into tournament plans.

The high seeds will continue to host games through the quarterfinals in each classification. The 3A state championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The 4A and 5A games will be played back-to-back, starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as well.