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Coal Ridge a host site for 3A girls soccer playoffs

Jon Mitchell

Coal Ridge High School’s girls soccer team earned home berth in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs for the second consecutive year.

And for the second consecutive year, the Titans earned one of the top eight seeds in the 32-team tournament bracket.

And just like the 2013 season, Coal Ridge’s road to play in the Class 3A state championship game won’t be an easy one to travel.

The Titans, however, at least have the luxury of not having to travel for the first round. Thanks to its second consecutive Class 3A Western Slope League title, Coal Ridge (14-1-0 overall) will be one of the eight teams in the tournament to host the first and second rounds of the state tournament.

Coal Ridge, the sixth-seeded team in the tournament, opens the tournament Friday against The Pinnacle (12-3-0), the No. 27 seed in the tournament and the fourth-place finisher in the Class 3A Region 8 standings. Seedings were announced Sunday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

The Titans, however, aren’t the only team from Garfield County that will play at the Peach Valley field on Friday. Grand Valley (13-2-0), the second-place finisher in the WSL standings which lost its only games this season to Coal Ridge and Class 5A Grand Junction Central, will be the tournament’s No. 11 seed. The Cardinals will play 22nd-seeded Front Range Christian (9-3-3) in the other first-round game scheduled or Friday at Coal Ridge High School.

Winners of each of Friday’s games at Coal Ridge will move on to play each other Saturday in the second round. Those winners move into the state quarterfinals, which is scheduled for May 15.

It’s the second consecutive year that each of Garfield County’s three Class 3A girls soccer teams has reached the postseason.

The other is Roaring Fork (12-2-1), the third-place finisher in the 3A WSL standings. The Rams were given the No. 20 seed by the CHSAA seeding committee and will play against the tournament’s No. 13 team, Kent Denver (8-5-1), at The Academy in Westminster. That winner will play either The Academy (13-1-1), the host school and the fourth-seeded team in the tournament, or Alexander Dawson (7-5-1), the 29th-seeded team.

The Academy, by the way, won the 3A Region 8 title this season, beating Coal Ridge’s first-round opponent, The Pinnacle, 7-0 on April 11.

Start times for each of Friday’s first-round matchups will likely be determined by school administrators within the next day or two.

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