The Class 4A state playoff game between the top-seeded Air Academy Kadets and No. 16-seeded Centaurus was postponed on Tuesday night after one half of play because of poor field conditions down at the Air Force Academy.

According to CHSAANow’s Dan Mohrmann, the officials on site determined the field to be dangerous to play on as weather moved in along the Front Range for the second round of the classification’s soccer tournament.

The game managed to start, and Air Academy held a 3-0 lead at halftime on the strength of goals from Andrew Hess, Adin Schwenke and Thad Dewing — all within the first 27 minutes of action.

Unfortunately, tempers flared for Centaurus late in the first half leading to a red card issued to forward Fernando Ruiz, who had secured Centaurus’ first-round win last week with a hat trick against Standley Lake.

When the school’s athletic directors decide on a time to make up the second half of play, the Warriors will be forced to play a man down the rest of the way.

Centaurus and Air Academy met up in last year’s Class 4A state championship game, with the Kadets taking a 1-0 overtime victory. They met again this season at CHS, and Air Academy once again claimed victory by a 4-2 count.

The winner of the postponed affair will play No. 9 seed Skyline on Saturday.

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