Boys soccer: What’s next in playoffs for remaining local teams

10 teams still battling in postseason

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Local soccer teams slid into the second round of their state postseason brackets at a fever pace, going 9-4 on opening weekend.

Up top, Legacy, the first team into the Class 5A bracket, smothered the last team invited, No. 32 Grand Junction — one of six wins from the Front Range League brass in round one.

Next, the Lightning gets fellow-FRLer Fossil Ridge. No. 8 Fairview gets No. 9 Broomfield for the second time in 20 days. And No. 5 Boulder and No. 13 Rocky Mountain will get each other in the quarterfinals if both can notch another win.

In Class 4A, four of the six local teams advanced. No. 26 Centaurus was one of four 20-something seeds that moved on, beating Tri-Valley champ Holy Family 5-0. No. 19 Erie pulled out its first postseason win in school history, per the school’s athletic department Twitter. And No. 4 Silver Creek and No. 15 Niwot won in a home-haven doubleheader at Everly-Montgomery Field.

In 3A, meanwhile, Jefferson Academy also advanced after going to Middle Park and leaving with a 2-1 result.

Second round games in Class 4A and 3A will take place Tuesday with the higher seed hosting. 5A second-round games will abide by the same format Wednesday. And in 2A, where Dawson received a first-round bye as the No. 4 seed, quarterfinal games will also be on Wednesday.

Here’s what to look for in the next round:

Class 5A second round

No. 16 Fossil Ridge at No. 1 Legacy

Details: At North Stadium, Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Outlook: Not a surprise, the Lightning didn’t suffer a letdown in the opening round. Their top points-getters — Blake Hansen, Joey Joiner, Jake Maurek and Colten Armstrong — had goals. Their tenacious defense was relentless all over the field, too. A second-round test against Fossil Ridge, which it beat 3-1 on Sept. 23, seems to come with bigger challenges. The Sabercats have been strong the past two weeks, going 3-0-1. Their draw came against Broomfield.

No. 12 Arapahoe at No. 5 Boulder

Details: At Christian Recht Field, Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Outlook: Sam Phillips, now with 12 goals and six assists on the year, sent Boulder into the second round with his golden goal in the 92nd minute against No. 28 Mountain Vista. It was the Panthers’ second overtime game this season. Their first sent their purple-clad fans into hysteria after Max Neumann’s 98th minute winner over Fairview on Sept. 10. In both, they didn’t have a lead until the respective walk-offs. Next question: Will regulation be enough against the defending champ Warriors? Arapahoe — beating Fairview, then Broomfield late last year — ran it all the way to gold as a No. 8 seed in 2018. Per MaxPreps, the last time Boulder faced Arapahoe was in the 5A quarterfinals in 2009. The Warriors won 1-0.

No. 9 Broomfield at No. 8 Fairview

Details:  At Fairview’s turf field, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Outlook: On the postseason soccer intensity barometer, the opening round wins for Fairview and Broomfield were fairly serene.  The Knights had three straight goals in the first 27 minutes against Smoky Hill — two from Tristan Hird — and their defense bogged down the Buffaloes throughout en route to a 3-0 shutout win. The Eagles, in their game a day later, got two goals from Mawolo Easton, who has scored 12 of his 19 on the season in the past four weeks alone. They beat Douglas County 3-1. Now … perhaps it’s time to turn the switch to ‘fingernail nubs’. What’s set up like a game that’ll come down to the wire, the two teams know each other well and have split their last four meetings. Their latest matchup was a 2-1 double overtime win for Broomfield on Oct. 17.

Class 4A second round

No. 20 Standley Lake at No. 4 Silver Creek

Details: At Everly-Montgomery Field, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Outlook: The Raptors have won 11 straight and haven’t lost since facing 5A No. 1 Legacy in the first game of the season. In round one, they beat Canon City 3-0, their eighth shutout of the year. And now they’ll look to punch their first quarterfinals appearance in program history with a win over Standley Lake. Rob Johnson’s team has reached the second round in each of the past three seasons before bowing out.

Silver Creek's Jace Carson (19) works ...
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The Silver Creek Raptors get another home game at Everly-Montgomery Field on Wednesday night.

No. 15 Niwot at No. 2 Golden

Details: At North Area Athletic Complex, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Outlook: As fate would have it, Niwot gets another shot at the second-ranked team in its playoff bracket. A year ago, it was No. 2 Skyview. The Cougars had a two-goal lead on a cold, wet night fit for a Hollywood nightmare. Then, they allowed three straight in defeat. Of the loss, coach Stephen Dimit said it fueled his team to improve in the offseason. Currently, the Cougars are on a nice run, winning nine of their last 10 including a 2-0 victory over Regis Groff in the first round.

No. 19 Erie at No. 3 Skyview

Details: At Skyview High School, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Outlook: The Tigers have already clinched their best season in program history, getting their first taste of postseason victory. Samuel Fulk, Grady Wolver and Zach Crooks each scored in the road win at Pueblo West in the first round. Next, they go to undefeated Skyview (14-0-2), which has been a bit of a nuisance for area teams of late. The Wolverines beat Holy Family, Niwot and Centaurus in the regular season, then knocked out Skyline to open the playoffs.

No. 26 Centaurus at No. 10 Discovery Canyon

Details: At District 20 Stadium, Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Outlook: It’s no secret Centaurus has gobs of talent — a good bit, in fact, remains from the 2017 runner-up team. Still … the Warriors’ emphatic 5-0 win over No. 7 Holy Family in the opening round served as quite a reminder. The most-lopsided result of the bracket was courtesy of the 26 seed who doesn’t much look like a 26 seed. Next up is Discovery Canyon, which finished third in the 5A/4A Pikes Peak league in Colorado Springs. The Thunder have won five straight.

Class 3A second round

No. 20 Jefferson Academy at No. 4 Aurora West College Prep Academy

Details: At Hinkley High School, Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Outlook: Jefferson Academy scored two unanswered goals in the second half to pull off the mild upset win over No. 13 Middle Park last weekend. A larger test likely looms against the Spartans, who have won 15 straight while outscoring their opposition 92-17. If the Jaguars are able to move on, they’d likely have to slow down the five-word power from Aurora. The Spartans average 5.9 goals a game compared to JA’s 2.4 this season, per MaxPreps.

2A quarterfinals

No. 5 Telluride at No. 4 Dawson School

Details: At Dawson School, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Outlook: Telluride ended Dawson’s postseason run prematurely in last season’s quarterfinals, beating the Mustangs in extra time. Dawson came off a first-round bye then and now. The Miners did not. What does a year and coincidence really mean in athletics? We’ll see. In 2019, the Mustangs have had a long time to process last year’s loss to Telluride. David Criswell’s team has worked through a tough schedule that featured early tests against Peak to Peak and Vail Mountain. And by the end, they again won the 2A Mile High League.

Centaurus' Jimmy Plampin, right, tries to ...
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Centaurus travels to play Discovery Canyon and is looking for another upset, seeding-wise, on Wednesday.