Jeremy Papasso
Zoe Schmanski (left) and the Monarch Coyotes open the 5A playoffs at home Tuesday against Chatfield.


The girls soccer state tournaments get underway Tuesday with the first round of the Class 5A bracket. Here’s a look at the local matchups.



(29) Grand Junction at (4) Broomfield

When: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Records: Grand Junction 9-5-1, 4-3-1 5A/4A Southwestern League; Broomfield 13-1-1, 10-1-1 Front Range League.

Notes: The Eagles are charting a familiar course forged by the Broomfield boys team last fall in both programs’ first season at the 5A level. Broomfield’s only blemishes en route to the FRL championship were a loss against Mountain Range and a tie against city rival Legacy. Both squads also are playoff qualifiers … The Eagles enter the postseason fray uniquely battle-tested after finishing the regular season with five consecutive overtime games, four of which ended with golden-goal winners by Broomfield … Juniors Makena Bambei and Michaela Stark lead the Eagles with 10 goals apiece. Bambei also is tied for seventh in 5A with 11 assists … Grand Junction has tallied just 26 goals in 15 games. Senior Leah Swander leads the way with nine. Sophomore Taylor Hein has recorded four goals and five assists … The winner will play either Regis Jesuit or Mountain Range in the second round on Friday.


(24) Chatfield at (9) Monarch

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Records: Chatfield 8-6-1, 4-2-1 5A Jeffco League; Monarch 11-3-1, 9-2-1 Front Range League.

Notes: The Coyotes placed second in the rugged Front Range League… After starting the season 2-2, Monarch has gone 9-1-1 the rest of the way. The only loss during that span was an overtime setback against league champ Broomfield … Monarch has gone 2-0 against teams from the 5A Jeffco League, recording a 1-0 win against Dakota Ridge on March 11 and a 2-0 win against Arvada West two days later … Chatfield suffered a 1-0 overtime loss against Boulder in its only match against a Front Range League opponent … The Chargers completed the regular season with an impressive 1-0 win against Columbine … The winner will play either Fort Collins or Columbine in the second round on Friday.


(17) Arapahoe at (16) Fairview

When: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

Records: Arapahoe 9-5-1, 3-4 5A Centennial League; Fairview 10-4-1, 8-3-1 Front Range League.

Notes: Fairview advanced to the state quarterfinals last year before suffering a 2-0 loss against Mountain Vista. A victory would likely give the Knights an opportunity for a rematch against Mountain Vista, as the winner advances to either host Rangeview or visit the top-seeded Golden Eagles in the second round on Friday … The sister combo of senior Reci Smith and sophomore Tea Smith have keyed a Fairview attack that has posted 40 goals … Fairview has allowed only two goals in four games since a 4-1 loss at Cherry Creek on April 18 … Freshman Danielle Babb has scored a team-leading five goals for Arapahoe … The Warriors have scored just 27 goals in 15 games but have surrendered only 11.


(19) Legacy at (11) Denver East

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m., All-City Stadium

Records: Legacy 8-4-3, 7-3-2 Front Range League; Denver East 11-4, 7-1 Denver Prep League.

Notes: Under first-year head coach Luke Meadows the Lightning finished with a flourish, going 4-1-1 to close the season in the wake of a 2-1 loss against Monarch on April 7 … Senior Makenna O’Grady has sparked the Lightning’s high-scoring attack. Legacy has tallied 42 goals on the season … Senior Tori Bonahoom leads a solid Lightning defense … Though the DPL is not nearly as deep as the FRL, high-scoring Denver East still scored at least eight goals in a game eight times … East’s Madeline Stesney ranks third in Class 5A with 22 goals … The winner will play either Prairie View or third-seeded ThunderRidge in the second round on Friday.

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