3A, 4A league soccer titles hotly contested
Post Independent Sports Editor
Now that the weather in Garfield County has warmed up, the races for some of the 3A and 4A Western Slope League soccer titles have heated up along with it.
And with the season winding down, each match played for the remainder of the season has just a little more meaning for teams in Garfield County.
None of them are hotter than the 3A Western Slope League, otherwise known as Class 3A Region 3 in terminology used by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Coal Ridge (13-1-0 overall, 8-0-0 league play) is setting the pace in the league standings, with only a Tuesday match against Roaring Fork remaining on its league and regular-season schedule. The Titans have clinched no less than a tie for the league championship, and a win over the Rams in Peach Valley would give them the outright title.
Roaring Fork (10-1-1, 6-1-0) could make things interesting with a victory, however. The Rams have a nonleague makeup match at Vail Mountain today before playing the Titans on the road Tuesday. A win over the Titans, coupled with a victory at Aspen on Thursday, would give the Rams the league title and the tiebreaker over Coal Ridge based on head-to-head competition.
That’s where it could get more complicated.
Grand Valley (11-2-0, 7-1-0) has a league match remaining at Basalt on Thursday. Should Roaring Fork beat Coal Ridge on Tuesday, a Grand Valley victory on Thursday would give all three teams a final league record of 8-1-0, creating a three-way tie for the league title.
In the 4A WSL, Glenwood Springs and Palisade (each 10-3-0, 8-2-0 league) own the best records in the league, which was split into a West and East division. A set of crossover games is scheduled to be played on Tuesday to help determine seeding for the Western Slope League Tournament, which will begin Thursday at Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus.
None of the crossover games have been determined, however, since one last league match between Steamboat Springs (7-3-2, 6-1-2) and Summit (3-8-0, 3-6-0) — a makeup from a previously scheduled game which was postponed due to weather — will be played today. After the completion of that match, sites, matchups and start times for Tuesday’s league crossover games will be determined.
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