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Legacy High School's Cooper Stephens (No. ...
Legacy High School’s Cooper Stephens (No. 7) celebrates his goal against Broomfield High School at North Stadium at Mountain Range High School in Westminster on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Fifteen local teams qualified for the boys soccer playoffs, which starts this week.

Legacy earned the No. 1 spot in Class 5A after winning the Front Range League title last Thursday. The Lightning along with Broomfield, Boulder, Monarch and Fairview host for the opening round Wednesday.

In 4A, Centaurus is the highest local seed at No. 4 after winning the 5A/4A Northern Colorado Athletic Conference. The Warriors, Silver Creek, Niwot and Skyline are at home Thursday, while Holy Family and Erie are on the road. Mead plays Friday at Summit.

In 3A, Jefferson Academy is No. 2 and Peak to Peak is seventh. They both host Wednesday.

In 2A, Dawson is on the road Friday.

Class 5A (Round of 32)

No. 32 Overland at No. 1 Legacy

Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday at North Stadium

Notable: Reigning player of the year Cooper Stephens has scored nine times in seven games since the Lightning’s last and only loss of the year. The Front Range League champs (14-1), who got all the way to the state semifinals last year, look primed for another deep postseason run.

No. 29 Legend at No. 4 Broomfield

Details: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium

Notable: The Eagles (12-3) finished second in the Front Range League under new coach Zachary Hindman. Led by Cooper Johnson’s 10 goals and 11 assists, the program’s quest for state title No. 9 is now officially underway.

No. 28 Doherty at No. 5 Boulder

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christian Recht Field

Notable: No surprise, Boulder (10-4-1) is considered one of the title favorites. A reason for it this year is the spectacular play it gets from midfielder Cameron Gerber. The Maryland commit has 15 goals and eight assists.

No. 24 Liberty at No. 9 Monarch

Details: 5 p.m. Wednesday at Monarch High School

Notable: George Behringer and Sean Kendall each have 15 goals on the year for Monarch (10-5), which is two years removed from a winless campaign and five from its last postseason appearance.

No. 21 Far Northeast Warriors at No. 12 Fairview

Details: 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview’s turf field

Notable: Fairview keeper Shane Williams is closing in on 200 saves this season. The senior has been outstanding, and he will need to continue to be if the Knights (9-5-1) hope to make a deep run.

Class 4A (Round of 32)

No. 29 Fruita Monument at No. 4 Centaurus

Details: 6 p.m. Thursday at Spangenberg Field

Notable: The Warriors (13-2) have won 12 straight — the latest, a 3-0 win over Silver Creek Friday that wrapped up the 5A/4A Northern Colorado Athletic Conference title. Keeper Garrett Pugh comes into the playoffs with 97 saves and seven shutouts.

No. 27 Fort Morgan at No. 6 Silver Creek

Details: 3 p.m. Thursday at Everly-Montgomery Field

Notable: The Raptors (10-5) had won six straight before Friday’s loss to No. 4 Centaurus. Neruda King, a name as inventive as his play, has led the way with seven goals and 12 assists this fall.

No. 26 D’Evelyn at No. 7 Niwot

Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Niwot High School

Notable: The Cougars (12-3) won their second 4A/3A Longs Peak League championship in three years, outscoring league foes 38-1. Josh Ary has 10 goals and nine assists.

No. 18 Skyview at No. 15 Skyline

Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Skyline High School

Notable: The Falcons (12-3), who finished runner-up in the 4A/3A Longs Peak League, have won five straight and outscored teams 62-13 this season. Brian Heredia has all the pieces to take over a game on the offensive end, currently touting 13 goals this fall.

No. 19 Mead at No. 14 Summit

Details: 6 p.m. Friday at Summit High School

Notable: Ian Faussett and Dalton Berg each have more than 40 points on the season for the Mavericks (10-4-1). Faussett had 17 goals and 11 assists. Berg has 15 and 13.

No. 30 Holy Family at No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain

Details: 6 p.m. Thursday at Cheyenne Mountain High School

Notable: The Tigers (4-8-3) didn’t win their first game until Sept. 21. They are 4-2-1 since.

No. 31 Erie at No. 2 Northfield

Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northfield High School

Notable: Led by sophomore Jacoby LaTessa’s 12 goals this fall, the Tigers (8-7) are battle tested out of the 5A/4A Front Range League. Their first test this postseason is the 4A defending champs.

Class 3A (Round of 32)

No. 31 Denver West at No. 2 Jefferson Academy

Details: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jefferson Academy High School

Notable: The 3A 2021 runner-up (13-2) has all the pieces to make another run at a state title. Its lone losses this year are to No. 1 Colorado Academy and 4A No. 4 Centaurus.

No. 26 Lamar at No. 7 Peak to Peak

Details: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Peak to Peak High School

Notable: With 11 wins, the Pumas (11-3-1) already have their most victories since 2015. Ethan Wang has 12 goals and five assists. Matthew Wolsko has 11 and nine.

Class 2A (Round of 16)

No. 15 Dawson at No. 2 Bishop Machebeuf

Details: 3:30 p.m. Friday at Bishop Machebeuf High School

Notable: Dawson’s round-one test is steep. The Buffaloes have outscored teams 109-7 this season and beat the Mustangs (9-6) 10-0 on Sept. 15. Charlie Martin has 14 goals and seven assists this season for Dawson.