Girls soccer and lacrosse postseason fields set

Broomfield is the top seed in 5A soccer

Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
The Broomfield Eagles girls soccer team have the distinction of being the Class 5A top seed for the upcoming playoffs, which start Tuesday night.

Even after clinching the 5A Front Range League on the final day of the regular season, the Broomfield girls soccer team may not be done with its league foes for long.

Monday’s release of the girls soccer postseason brackets on has the 5A No. 1 Eagles in the same quadrant with three other league teams, including Fairview, the team they just went pound-for-pound in a league-deciding thriller Saturday.

Following its lone loss of the season to Legacy April 23, Jim Davidson’s group likely needed to sweep its final four games in a span of seven days to earn the top seed in the bracket.

Its 3-2 win over the Knights saw the Eagles leapfrog No. 2 Grandview on the final night.

“I think this is great momentum going in,” Davidson said Saturday. “I think being in a playoff-like atmosphere where it’s tight, you’re under a lot of pressure and to be successful should serve us well. Especially since we’re such a young team.”

The Eagles host Pine Creek Tuesday in a rematch from April 13 when they beat the Colorado Springs school 5-2. The winner of that gets whoever survives between No. 16 Rock Canyon and No. 17 Legacy — and after that, if seeds go to plan, next could be whoever wins between No. 8 Rocky Mountain and No. 9 Fairview, which was one of the hottest teams in soccer over the final three weeks.

The Knights — who beat Rocky Mountain 4-1 April 2 — won six straight while outscoring opponents 29-0 before falling to the Eagles.

“We’ve just been building on the system,” first-year Fairview coach Steve Griggs said Saturday. “We’re a new group coming together, so it took a little while to understand what we’re doing. But once we started clicking, we just got better each week.”

All first-round games in the 5A and 2A classifications are expected to be played Tuesday. No. 20 Monarch and No. 22 Boulder will be on the road elsewhere in the 5A bracket. Dawson School, meanwhile, has a first-round bye in the 2A bracket and faces the winner of No. 7 Colorado Rocky Mountain and No. 10 Del Norte Friday.

Class 3A and 4A begins Wednesday. Defending 3A champ Jefferson Academy earned the third seed, Peak to Peak the seventh and Prospect Ridge Academy the 13th. All three host the first game in the postseason.

Silver Creek leads all local teams in 4A as the eighth seed, followed by Mead at No. 12, Holy Family 13 and Erie 17. The Raptors have won 11 straight heading into their first-round match against Loveland.

“I can’t complain,” Silver Creek coach Rob Johnson said by phone Monday. “We should host the first two rounds if we take care of business. We have Loveland the first round and I think they’re dropping down from 5A, so they’ll be physical. But hopefully we can possess and score a lot of goals.

“That’s pretty much two things we try to do. Possess and score goals. That’s really it.”

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Mandiza Krueger, right, and the Fairview girls lacrosse team earned a first-round bye for the playoffs but will take on No. 8 Evergreen on the road Saturday.

Lacrosse postseason brackets were also released Monday.

Monarch hosts in the opening round in the Class 5A boys bracket while Fairview earned the final spot — No. 16 — after winning the Front Range League. On Wednesday, the Coyotes are at home against No. 10 Highlands Ranch Wednesday and Fairview travels to Valor Christian.

In 4A, Erie looks to keep its unforgettable inaugural season going as the second seed. The Tigers host No. 15 Eagle Valley Tuesday and are on the opposite side of the bracket as defending champ Cheyenne Mountain, which faces No. 16 Holy Family Wednesday.

In girls lacrosse, No. 9 Fairview has a first-round bye and travels to No. 8 Evergreen for the second round Saturday.