Coal Ridge, CRMS reach state soccer playoffs
Coal Ridge and Colorado Rocky Mountain School are postseason bound.
Both teams, coming out of the Class 3A/2A Western Slope League, have earned first-round playoff games thanks to their overall seasons. Coal Ridge will play in the Class 3A state playoffs, while CRMS out of Carbondale will play in the newly formed 2A state playoffs. All games begin this week, according to postseason brackets released on Sunday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
The Titans (11-4-0 overall), the second-place finisher in the league standings behind Class 2A Vail Mountain, earned the No. 11 seed in the 24-team Class 3A state playoffs. They’ll open on Friday against 22nd-seeded Sterling (8-6-0), with the winner of that game moving on to play in the second round against Frontier Academy (11-4-0) out of Greeley on Saturday.
The Titans had won the WSL title the previous two seasons and, this year, will make their eighth consecutive appearance in the state playoffs.
For the Pearls of CRMS, it’s been much longer since they’ve been to the postseason. Coach AO Forbes said on Saturday that the CRMS girls may have gone to the state playoffs back in the 1980s when Colorado only had one classification for soccer. Beyond that, he also said that the school had, in the past, turned down invitations to the postseason since it typically happened during the school’s spring trip.
The Pearls (6-4-1) are the sixth seed in the 12-team Class 2A state playoffs. They’ll host No. 11 Resurrection Christian (4-10-0) on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to play third-seeded Dawson School (9-6-1) in Denver on March 8.
CRMS reached the state playoffs, in part, because of the installment of the new 2A classification. One of those 2A teams, Vail Mountain, won the 3A/2A WSL with its 2-1 victory over Coal Ridge this past Thursday. Thanks to that, the Gore Rangers earned the top seed in the 2A state playoffs and await the first-round winner between Rocky Mountain Lutheran and Clear Creek in the second round on May 8.
Coal Ridge’s first-round game on Friday will be in Greeley.
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