While most eyes immediately went to the big-school soccer brackets when they were released Sunday, make no mistake that the area’s most accomplished team over the past two seasons resides in 3A.
That is Peak to Peak, which earned the No. 2 seed, fueling ambitions of a third straight trip to the title game and a second straight win. The Pumas defeated Colorado Academy for their first state title last season after losing to The Classical Academy in the 2011 title match.
“I think our kids are excited,” Peak to Peak coach Peter Chandler said. “This is where our season begins. Generally, our focus isn’t on the conference championship, it’s on this. The road to state.”
The Pumas (11-2-2) will host Florence in the first round Friday. Also appearing in the 3A bracket is Holy Family as the No. 9 seed. Coach George Connolly’s Tigers will take on No. 24 Resurrection Christian.
In 5A, 2012 runner-up Fairview will look to make another deep postseason run as the No. 5 seed. The Knights (11-3-1), who open against No. 28 Fruita Monument when 5A begins on Wednesday, cemented the notion of Front Range League power. They were the third school from the league among the top five seeds.
Front Range League champ Legacy (13-2) also was included in that mix. The Lightning earned the No. 2 seed by virtue of knocking off the Knights 3-1 in the regular-season finale Friday. Legacy will host No. 31 Denver South to kick off the postseason. (Fossil Ridge was the third FRL team with a lofty seed, checking in at No. 4.)
Boulder also worked its way into the 5A bracket as the 19th seed. The Panthers (7-6-2) will travel to No. 14 Arvada West.
In 4A, four local schools are represented. Three are automatic qualifiers from the potent Northern League. Second-seeded Broomfield (12-2-1) leads that group and will take on No. 31 Denver South when 4A play opens Tuesday.
Centaurus (8-2-3) earned the No. 9 seed and will take on dangerous No. 24 Sand Creek, which was ranked No. 1 for a week in midseason. The Scorpions play in the ultra-challenging Pikes Peak League, home to top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain and defending champ Air Academy.
Silver Creek (9-2-3) qualified as the No. 19 seed and will travel to No. 14 Evergreen.
Mead, which finished second in the Tri-Valley League, earned the No. 26 seed and will play at No. 7 Mullen.
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