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Here’s an outlook of the quarterfinal games that include teams from the BoCoPreps area. All games will be played on Saturday. The higher seed is the home team in the quarterfinals.
No. 8 Arapahoe at No. 1 Fairview
Details: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Fairview’s turf field
What to know: The Knights (17-0) scored in the final minute of each half to upend No. 16 Rock Canyon in the second round. Things haven’t been easy for the top seed in the bracket in the early goings of the playoffs. Two games. Two dramatic finishes. Myles Ellis scored in overtime in a first-round win over Mountain Vista. Next up is Arapahoe (14-1-2), which is 10-0-1 away from home this season. If the Warriors hope to keep up this road success, they’ll likely need to shut down Fairview’s offense. The Knights haven’t given up more than one goal in a game all season.
Who to watch: Fairview’s Sajji Singh scored on a free kick in the last minute of regulation to lift his team over the Jags on Wednesday. Singh, a returning standout for the Knights, is one of the team’s most proven leaders. If things get tight again, look for Singh to calm the tide.
No. 13 Broomfield at No. 5 Legacy
Details: Saturday, 3 p.m. at North Stadium
What to know: Legacy (13-3-1) had a dramatic overtime win over Broomfield (11-6) on Oct. 9, giving the Lightning their first-ever win against the storied Eagles. Of course, that was against Broomfield 1.0. The 5A state champs three of the last four years have turned things up in the postseason, beating No. 20 Liberty before upending No. 4 Denver East in penalties in the round of 16. Each team has scored four times through two rounds.
Who to watch: Broomfield’s back line against Legacy’s forwards. The Eagles held the Lightning scoreless through 77 minutes in their first meeting of the year before Blake Hansen came up with a tying goal in regulation followed by the winner in OT.
No. 7 Fort Collins at No. 2 Boulder
Details: Saturday, 6 p.m. at Christian Recht Field
What to know: Anywhere and from anyone, Boulder (16-1) can strike. Kenneth Jew kicked off the Panthers’ win over Pine Creek in the second round with a goal from 44 yards away. He added a wide-open header just a few feet in front of the net a little later in the half for his third goal of the year. “Unpredictable” is what coach Hardy Kalisher characterized his team after the win. The Panthers, who have been without BoCoPreps Player of the Year Omar Castruita for the last seven games, according to the coach, will look to beat the Lambkins (12-3-2) for the second time this season.
Who to watch: Boulder defender Micah Blackburn has been strong in back over the first two games of the postseason. The junior scored in the first round for his sixth goal of the year. He’ll be one of many who could strike again in the quarterfinals.
No. 9 Skyline at No. 1 Air Academy
Details: Saturday, 4 p.m. at the K-Dome
What to know: The Kadets beat the Falcons 3-2 in the quarters a year ago en route to the 4A state title. And here we go again. Skyline (14-2-1) beat both No. 24 Northridge and No. 25 Regis Groff by a tally of 3-0. Air Academy (15-1-1) beat No. 32 Canon City 7-0, and then Centaurus 5-1 in a game that was started Tuesday and finished Thursday due to inclement weather. The Kadets have lost just once in two years — and that was to Boulder earlier this season.
Who to watch: Faolan Moore scored twice in the second round to help lead the Falcons back to the quarterfinals. Moore was second to Nathan Wanninger in goals during the regular season.
Check with schools for up-to-date information. Times may vary.
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