Coal Ridge nabs No. 6 seed in 3A soccer playoffs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – After losing to Vail Mountain in Friday’s regular-season finale, Coal Ridge girls coach Brian Blair wouldn’t have blamed the Colorado High School Activities Association’s girls soccer seeding committee for dropping his team a few spots.
Turns out, Blair’s Titans didn’t drop all that far.
Coal Ridge, on the heels of a 12-1-2 regular season highlighted by a Region 4 title, nabbed the sixth seed in Class 3A’s 32-team state playoffs.
“It’s right about where I thought we’d be, especially with the loss in the last game of the season,” Blair said. “I thought that might drop us down a little bit. It’s good to see we didn’t drop that far.”
The Titans will host Bennett, Region 3’s fourth-place team, in the first round on Wednesday. A game time had not been agreed upon as of press time Sunday night.
Bennett, a school situated east of Denver, enters the postseason in possession of an 8-4-2 record and the bracket’s 27th seed. The Tigers are led in scoring by Krystina Powell, who’s racked up 26 goals so far in 2010.
Coal Ridge counters with a balanced scoring attack led by Kourtney Mitchell’s 19 goals. Chelsie Ryan has 10 and Alicia Cokley seven.
Blair doesn’t think Friday’s loss to Vail Mountain will impact his team all that much. It might actually help the Titans.
“In two ways,” Blair said. “I think it’ll inspire them, give them that extra motivation. Also, we hadn’t lost in a while and it’s a great release of pressure. It’s a lot of pressure when you’ve gone that long without losing in league. Every team is gunning for you. I think some of that is taken off them, in a way. The girls feel less pressure.”
Coal Ridge, in just its fifth year of existence as a school, is already armed with much in the way of playoff experience.
The Titans are making their third straight postseason showing. Last spring, they beat Bayfield, 4-0, in the first round before a 2-0 loss to Denver Christian brought the season to a close in the second round.
Blair is eager to see what his side can do this time around.
“We have a really good draw,” he said. “Hopefully, we can make some noise.”
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