The Erie girls soccer team watched this past fall sports season as their counterparts on the boys team made school history with a playoff push in just the second year of varsity play for the Tigers.
Fast forward a few months, and it’s the girls team who is trying to lay claim to the first playoff win in school history.
They’ll get that chance Wednesday as the Class 4A state tournament gets underway with all 16 first round games. Five other area teams join the Tigers in the 4A field while seven other teams in three other classifications also made postseason.
“We put it out to them as a challenge at the beginning of the season, and they sure didn’t want the boys to beat them out,” Erie coach Dayton Owens said Monday as his team is preparing for a match at No. 10 seed Evergreen. “They’re refreshed and they’re excited. We have a little something to prove, too.”
The Tigers were seeded 23rd after finishing 12-3 with a 5-2 record in the Tri-Valley League. Owens was hoping for a higher seed but instead will have to deal with three potential Jeffco teams in their quadrant, starting with the Cougars.
Evergreen has allowed but 18 goals all year, but Erie is known as a high-caliber offense and will hope to take advantage of some experimentation with their forward and midfield group.
“We are messing around with some things and it really has seemed to open up our offensive options lately,” said Owens, whose team amassed 83 goals during the season. “The team is loose, a lot more loose than the boys team was. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but we’ll find out.”
Silver Creek earned a No. 9 seed as the highest local 4A team, while Niwot, Holy Family, Centaurus and Longmont also made it in.
In 5A, a potential second round matchup between Front Range League rivals Fairview and Monarch exists, and Boulder and Broomfield also will continue their seasons at least one more game. The 5A first round is Tuesday.
Jefferson Academy earned a first-round bye in Class 3A and will host a second-round game on Saturday, while Peak to Peak slipped to a No. 10 seed.
Dawson School is the top overall seed in 2A and also received a first-round bye.