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.
CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND
(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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