Boys soccer: Demons, Rams learn their playoff fate
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs boys soccer head coach John Mount knew his program had talent coming up through the ranks.
But not even he expected the type of year the Demons have strung together so far in 2008.
An 11-3-1 overall record, a 9-2-1 4A Western Slope League record and the 14th seed in the state playoffs are all badges of Glenwood’s success.
And the Demons open those playoffs on their home pitch Wednesday night against 19th-seeded Alameda, a Jeffco League school that put up a 10-4 regular-season record.
“We’re psyched,” Mount said. “It’s good to get home field. We were hoping for something 16 or less. We’re happy with it. We’re happy to have home field.”
It’ll be the Demons’ first home playoff game since a 2005 first-round loss to D’Evelyn.
Mount hopes Wednesday will add another positive chapter to what’s been a highlight-filled season, one that has so far included not one, but two, wins over Battle Mountain, a school the Demons hadn’t beat in nearly six years.
And of course there’s the second-place league finish behind Eagle Valley, which shared an identical league record with Glenwood and took the title by virtue of the Devils’ 1-0-1 head-to-head record against the Demons.
“We’ve had this talent coming up for quite a while,” Mount said.
That talent will take to the pitch under the lights at Stubler Memorial Field at 7 p.m. Wednesday. That time is subject to change.
Other Western Slope schools in the 4A playoff fray include No. 16 Battle Mountain (vs. No. 17 Longmont), No. 23 Steamboat Springs (vs. No. 10 Wheat Ridge), No. 8 Eagle Valley (vs. No. 25 Evergreen), No. 15 Montrose (vs. No. 18 Canon City). All first-round games are scheduled for Wednesday.
Said Mount: “Hopefully the Western Slope can advance past the first round and compete with the Front Range schools.”
DENVER ” Though they didn’t land the best of seeds, Roaring Fork’s boys soccer players are no doubt simply happy to be in the playoffs.
The Rams, whose playoff eligibility was in jeopardy after being put on restriction by the Colorado High School Activities Association, drew the 31st seed in the 3A state playoffs and will travel to face second-seeded Denver Christian on Wednesday.
Roaring Fork assistant coach Hadley Hentschel said that a game time had not been confirmed as of Sunday night.
By imposing a three-game suspension on head coach John Ackerman, who pulled his team off the field 10 minutes into the second half of a Sept. 23 game at Aspen in a move that led to the censure by CHSAA, Roaring Fork successfully petitioned to have the restriction lifted.
Wednesday’s playoff game is the final of Ackerman’s suspension. Hentschel will coach the Rams in his absence.
The Rams finished the regular season with a 6-5-3 overall record and a 5-4-3 mark and fourth-place finish in 3A Region 7.
Denver Christian, ranked second in the state by RockyPreps, enters the postseason on the heels of a 12-3 regular season and a Region 2 title.
Other Western Slope teams in the 3A playoffs include No. 12 Basalt (vs. No. 21 Crested Butte), No. 17 Aspen (vs. No. 16 Ridgway) and No. 8 Hotchkiss (vs. No. 25 Middle Park). All first-round games are Wednesday.
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