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NIWOT — As some good soccer teams in the history of the state high school soccer tournaments could attest to, you can’t always go by the numbers.

A lot of thinking goes into seeding the 32-team brackets, and almost always there are two or three upsets that get people talking. Niwot, however, wasn’t going to be lumped into that category on Wednesday night as the Class 4A postseason began.

Facing No. 29 seed Skyview in the first round at the Niwot field, the No. 5 Cougars’ offense was in good form from whistle to whistle, and the pressure early eventually paid off in a 4-1 win to vault them into the second round.

Niwot scored two goals within 2 minutes of each other early in the first half, and then jumped on the Wolverines for two more scores within 1 minute of each other almost immediately after the teams huddled up for halftime.

“I think we came out very strong today, and we put them on their heels,” said head coach Rob Johnson, whose team improved to 14-1-1 on the season. “We have to be a little more economical because it took eight chances before we scored, but it worked because we got them thinking, ‘Oh, they’re coming at us.

“The starters and the few subs we made did great, and the effort was what we were looking for.”

In its 11th straight win, the Cougars offense was right on par with its output for the season with the four goals. Terin Tadewald scored his first goal of the season, Mark Ramirez scored twice, and Eric Fayeulle had three assists.

All-in-all, it was the kind of opener the players were hoping for.

“You come in to playoffs, and no matter what the seeds are, any one team can beat any other, so coming out and knowing what you can do and playing like it is good,” said midfielder Billy Hoffmann, who played through a couple of tough tackles from the feisty and physical Wolverines. “I think 15 seconds into the game we had a chance that went off the bar.

“The team was working hard. We were very selfless.”

It didn’t take long for Niwot to place the first point on the scoreboard. Off a corner kick in the 12th minute, Niwot won the fight in the goal box as Tadewald’s shot appeared to have been caught by Skyview goalie Ture Elamo while he was behind the goal line.

With the Wolverines stunned, Niwot took the chance to add another in the 14th minute, when Angel Perez found Martinez with some open space. His shot to the near post skirted the ground and eluded Elamo, and the Cougars gained a 2-0 lead.

That was the score through the end of half, with Elamo securing another few good chances — he finished with seven saves. He couldn’t catch up to Ramirez’s shot in the 43rd minute, however, and Justin Barkow made it 4-0 with his 18th goal of the year less than 60 seconds later.

Skyview eventually got on the board off a corner kick in the 60th minute, but the Wolverines’ chances were hampered 5 minutes later when captain Jeremiah Carillo was given a red card for behavior. Skyview was forced to play a man down the rest of the game.

“We came with 100 percent because we knew that 90 percent would not win us the game,” said Ramirez, who is approaching double-digit goals for the season. “Halftime, we had to shut them down because we know 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in soccer.”

“If we play with confidence, and play simple and aggressive I think we’re very good,” added Johnson.

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Skyview (8-6-2)  0  1  — 1

Niwot (14-1-1)  2  2  — 4

Goals (assists) — Niwot: Terin Tadewald (Eric Fayeulle assist), 12th minute; Niwot: Mark Ramirez (Angel Perez), 14th minute; Niwot: Ramirez (Fayeulle), 43rd minute; Niwot: Justin Barkow (Fayeulle), 44th minute; Skyview: Jose Martinez, 60th minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyview: Ture Elamo (80-4-7); Niwot: Fitzgerald (80-1-5).