BoCo Beats: Silver Creek soccer optimistic about 5A playoffs

Raptors’ RPI should hold steady after missing in 2020

Boys soccer
Silver Creek 2, Centaurus 0 (Monday)
At Centaurus: Silver Creek soccer is no stranger to heartbreak.
Last year, when the Raptors first made the move up to Class 5A, they narrowly missed out on the playoffs due to the COVID-restricted bracket. Their 4A-majority schedule didn’t help, either.
“This is our second season (in 5A) and from what I understand, we’re dropping back down, but I’ll believe that when CHSAA tells us that,” head coach Rob Johnson said. “Last year, we went 8-2 and didn’t make it because of the smaller bracket, only 16 teams making it. That was hard. This year, our goal has been to be a top-10 5A team and hopefully that’ll give us something. It really hasn’t changed anything. We try to have harder teams as our nonleague.”
So far so good.
The Raptors have enjoyed unmitigated success as they’ve taken down all of the 12 teams they’ve faced thus far, including in a 2-0 campaign over Centaurus on Monday night. Their biggest statement win of the season, however, came during the second week against then-ninth-ranked Fossil Ridge of Class 5A in a 1-0, double-overtime thriller.
Their cumulative efforts and unblemished record have earned them prestige in the latest coaches poll, last week, as they sat at No. 9 in the 5A rankings. They’ve also forged a No. 4 RPI in Class 5A. And they’ve done so, too, while battling injury after injury and rotating players in and out of the lineup constantly.
“Neruda King has been our constant in the middle and he’s been huge for us. He’s been a rock so far,” Johnson said. “Alex (Larner) has been great in goal and Grant Gaddis has been our center back that’s done a great job of a leader on the field. Between him and Alex Larner, I couldn’t be happier.”
To date, Larner has made 65 saves while only allowing nine goals. That’s a tough act to beat.

Holy Family 0, Jefferson Academy 0 (Monday)
At Holy Family: The Tigers managed to achieve a feat that no other team has yet this season — they kept Class 3A’s top-ranked Jaguars from a win. Eighty minutes of regulation and two overtimes weren’t enough to obtain a score in this one as Holy Family’s junior goalie Jack Krueger balled out with 15 saves.

Boulder 2, Fort Collins 2
At Fort Collins: Nobody likes hail and lightning. When two of Class 5A’s top teams go head-to-head, it’s natural to expect a spark. It’s just not the kind of electricity that No. 4 Boulder and No. 7 Fort Collins expected — or wanted — as the officials had to call the game after regulation due to inclement weather.

Fairview 2, Fossil Ridge 1
At Fairview: The Knights have seen their fair share of trial and triumph with a young roster this season, but Tuesday’s match was certainly the kind of marquee win that they’ve been looking for, as Fossil Ridge has been earning votes in the Class 5A poll and is always a tough Front Range League opponent. Miles Blair and Jake Milanski scored Fairview’s two goals.

Frederick 6, Berthoud 1
At Frederick: The Warriors have enjoyed an upswing in their play over the last four games as they put away their third opponent in four games. They got off to a hot start with a 4-1 score heading into the half, and only added to Berthoud’s troubles in the second with two more scores.

Skyline 4, Windsor 3 (Monday)
At Windsor: The Falcons outsmarted the Wizards in a battle of the offenses by slightly outplaying their hosts through 80 minutes. Joshua Kalisher, Cam Piggott, Carson Manes and Alex Meza all got in on the scoring action as Manes, Brian Heredia and Emmanuel Bustos all added assists.

DSST: College View 7, Dawson 0
At Dawson: There’s a reason the Wolves were ranked No. 4 in last week’s Class 3A poll. From start to finish, the Mustangs couldn’t keep up with their guests in what turned into a shutout performance for the Wolves. The Mustangs fell to 6-7 on the season with the loss.

Colorado Academy 3, Prospect Ridge Academy 1
At Prospect Ridge Academy: The Miners have been pretty solid throughout their 2021 campaign, going 7-5, but they just couldn’t match the offensive pressure of visiting Colorado Academy, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. Both teams scored a single goal in the first half before the Mustangs took control in the second, scoring two more.

Greeley West 2, Erie 1 (Monday)
At Greeley West: The Tigers struggled to get a handle on the Spartans as they started the second half playing from behind. Greeley West put up a score in the first half and one more in the second, but Erie could only respond with one goal of its own. That came from Evan Hutson.

Erie 3, Mead 1
At Erie: The Tigers have proven time and time again why they deserve their No. 2 ranking in Class 4A and Tuesday night was no different. When No. 9 Mead came to town, the Tigers showed them their Erie hospitality with a 3-1 victory to bring their overall record to 13-1. They haven’t lost a match since their very first contest of the season.

Monarch 3, Loveland 0
At Monarch: The Coyotes wasted no time sending their visitors home, even though the Red Wolves put up a pretty good fight. The Yotes earned their eighth win of the season as they collected scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-18.

Clear Creek 3, Dawson 1
At Clear Creek: Dawson volleyball hit another road block when they traveled up to the foothills to take on the Golddiggers. The Mustangs stole the first frame by a competitive 26-24 score before Clear Creek stormed back to take the last three by 25-15, 25-22 and 29-27 finals.

Longmont 3, Greeley West 1
At Greeley West: The Trojans got off to an incredibly hot start on Tuesday night and the Spartans just couldn’t keep up. Longmont put its host away 25-4 in a blowout first set, but the Spartan came back with a fire in the last three frames. The hosts won the second set by a 27-25 score before the Trojans did exactly the same in the third set. They closed it out with a 25-22 final.

Dayspring Christian Academy 3, Lyons 0
At Dayspring Christian Academy: The Lions have seen their fair share of victories this season, but Class 2A’s fifth-ranked Eagles proved too much for them. The Lions couldn’t match the intensity that the Eagles put down, but they managed to put up two competitive sets with an aberration of a third with scores of 25-15, 25-4 and 25-14.

Longmont Christian 3, Nederland 0
At Longmont Christian: Longmont Christian volleyball has seen a fair amount of success this season as the Warriors now enjoy a 7-9 record. It took them three tries to take down Nederland, as the small Panther team is still searching for its first win.

Union Colony Prep 3, Twin Peaks Charter Academy 0
At Union Colony Prep: The Timberwolves have certainly had their fair share of tough competitions this year, and Tuesday was no different. Union Colony Prep, which has been earning votes in’s Class 2A poll, won out with 25-7, 25-6 and 25-11 scores.