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Here’s an outlook of the second-round soccer games that include teams from the BoCoPreps area. Play in Class 4A and 3A will take place Tuesday, while 5A is Wednesday. The higher seed is the home team in the second round.
No. 16 Rock Canyon at No. 1 Fairview
Details: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at Fairview’s turf field
What to know: In the 1-versus-32 matchup, Fairview (16-0) needed an overtime winner from Myles Ellis to get past upset-minded Mountain Vista on Wednesday. Was this a first-round scare or steady as it goes for Fairview? Perhaps the Knights’ 1-0 victory over the Golden Eagles shouldn’t be looked at as a Fairview slipup. The Knights haven’t blown many teams out this season — and in fact have won by four or more goals just once this season. Instead, Fairview kept its opponent off the board for a seventh straight game and did enough offensively to get its 16th straight victory. Is it a recipe worthy of a state title? Time will tell.
Who to watch: Ellis has seemed to have the winning touch in overtime this season. The senior captain also scored in the Knights’ only other overtime game, connecting on a brilliant header to defeat Boulder 2-1 on Sept. 28. When it’s crunch time, look for Ellis.
No. 12 Far Northeast Warriors at No. 5 Legacy
Details: Wednesday, 6 p.m. at North Stadium
What to know: Legacy (12-3-1) returns to the second round to face the team that eliminated it last season. Oh, those guys. The Far Northeast Warriors (10-5-1) beat Legacy 1-0 in the second round in 2017 — only then, the Warriors were the 2-seed and Legacy was No. 15. Perhaps it’s a fitting next step for Legacy, which has been checking off its fair share of redeeming victories this season. First, the Lightning won a program-best seven in a row to start the season. Then earlier this month, they beat Broomfield for the first time ever. So, what’s next?
Who to watch: Legacy’s Joey Joiner scored the winner in the Lightning’s 1-0 win over the Wolves in Round 1. It was the junior’s first points since Oct. 4, according to MaxPreps. Strange, since Joiner has taken the most shots on the team this year. But after missing early on against Westminster, he broke a 21-day scoreless streak to help his team move on. If his shots start falling at a higher clip from here on out, plan for the Lightning to keep moving forward.
No. 13 Broomfield at No. 4 Denver East
Details: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at Denver East
What to know: Denver East (15-1) has won 14 straight games and is undefeated at home this season — and its reward is a round-two matchup against defending-champ Broomfield (10-6). Say what you want about the Eagles’ up-and-down season, Jim Davidson’s program has consistently proved to take it to another level in the postseason. In Round 1 last week, the Eagles turned it on in a 2-0 win over Liberty. Next up are the Angels, who have scored 76 goals compared to Broomfield’s 29. What does it mean? Probably nothing. Well, hello playoff Broomfield.
Who to watch: Broomfield’s Mawolo Easton scored twice in Round 1 and could be in store for a big postseason. Broomfield has a lot of nice pieces around the field, but Easton may be its most dynamic scorer. The Eagles will likely need all the scoring it can get to keep pace with a team that has 23 goals in its past four games.
No. 15 Pine Creek at No. 2 Boulder
Details: Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Christian Recht Field
What to know: Boulder (15-1) scored four consecutive goals to move past No. 31 Chaparral in the first round. Jesse Bacardi scored twice in the win and now has 14 goals this season. Pine Creek (9-6-1), meanwhile, beat Grand Junction 2-0. Now, the Panthers and Eagles will meet for the first time since 2013. The teams are 1-1-1 in their last three meetings.
Who to watch: Boulder’s Sam Phillips has two assists in each of the last three games. The junior midfielder leads the team with 13 assists and has recorded points in 12 of the team’s 16 games. Chances are he’s in the middle of things again on Wednesday.
No. 16 Centaurus at No. 1 Air Academy
Details: Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Air Academy
What to know: Air Academy (14-1-1) beat Centaurus (10-5) in the 2017 state finals 1-0, and then won the rematch in September 4-2. The Warriors, who found their footing in a 3-2 win over Standley Lake after dropping their last two games of the regular season, will likely need their best performance of the year to pull off the 4A stunner. The Kadets’ only loss this season came to Boulder. Will there be a loss No. 2?
Who to watch: Centaurus forward Fernando Ruiz had a hat trick in Round 1 and could be the kind of playmaker that could help even the field against Air Academy. Ruiz has 22 goals and six assists this season.
No. 25 Regis Groff at No. 9 Skyline
Details: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. at Skyline
What to know: Skyline (13-2-1) rides a six-game winning streak into the second round of the postseason. Last year, it won its second-round game and went on to face No. 1 Air Academy, losing 3-2. A win this year would pit them against either No. 1 Air Academy for the rematch, or Centaurus for an all-area quarterfinal. Before that, the Falcons have to get past Regis Groff (9-6-1), a varsity program in its second year.
Who to watch: Skyline keeper Diego Chavez. Entertaining and ever-talented, the junior keeper could be the kind of catalyst the Falcons need to push deep into the bracket. Chavez has allowed just one goal in his last five games.
No. 14 Silver Creek at No. 3 Denver North
Details: Tuesday, 3 p.m. at Denver North
What to know: Silver Creek (10-6) is aiming for its first quarterfinals appearance in program history. In the way is Denver North (13-1-2), winners of eight straight. The Raptors had their hands full with another Denver school in George Washington in Round 1 but stayed alive thanks to a goal from Dhani Russell in the opening seconds of double overtime.
Who to watch: Russell. The junior forward seemed to have a higher gear than just about everyone else on the field in Round 1. He put himself in good position for two goals in the win and came just short of tallying a few more.
No 10 Holy Family at No. 7 The Classical Academy
Details: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. at TCA
What to know: Holy Family (12-2-2) is back in the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2013. Win, and it’s back in the quarterfinals for the first time in six years. Could Holy Family’s soccer team follow the footsteps of their championship softball team? Can it find that special groove? That harmonious chemistry? That — uh, five-win magic? The Tigers got their first win in the postseason against Evergreen last week.
Who to watch: Holy Family’s Cody Chavers assisted both Tigers goals in the 2-1 first-round victory. The senior has six goals and eight assists for Holy Family this season.
No. 18 Niwot at No. 2 Skyview
Details: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Skyview campus
What to know: Skyview (16-0) is undefeated and is outscoring teams 76-12. It did, however, need to rally to beat No. 31 Mullen in overtime to move out of the first round. Question for Round 2: Can Niwot (9-6-1) re-discover its offense quick enough to deliver the upset of the 4A tournament? The Cougars have scored just twice in their last three games. One of them came in a 1-0 road win over Pueblo West in the first round.
Who to watch: Niwot forward Jonathan Jimenez-Flores. The senior has nine goals for the Cougars this season but hasn’t scored since Oct. 4, per MaxPreps. Look for him to make a splash in the Cougars’ upset bid Tuesday.
No. 25 Jefferson Academy at No. 9 Liberty Common
Details: Tuesday, TBD
What to know: Jefferson Academy (7-8-1) pulled off the bracket’s biggest first-round surprise with a 3-1 win over No. 8 Vail Mountain. Next up is the team that eliminated the Jaguars a year ago, thwarting their perfect season in the process. The Eagles (13-3) then went on to win the 3A state title. Can underdog Jefferson Academy return the favor?
Who to watch: Jefferson Academy’s Bryon Smith. The freshman keeper will look to stand in the way of a dynamic offense at Liberty Common. The No. 25 seed led by a freshman keeper? Sounds like Cinderella has arrived in 3A.
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