Demons open state playoffs on the road |

Demons open state playoffs on the road

Phil Sandoval

The road to the state boys soccer playoffs ends in Denver. In Glenwood Springs’ case, the journey toward reaching the 4A championship game begins in the big city as well.

The Demons’ 4-0 regional playoff win over Brighton on Saturday failed to impress the Colorado High School Activities Association playoff committee, who released the state playoff brackets on Sunday.

Glenwood (10-3-1 overall) was given the No. 12 seed in the 16-team, single-elimination state tournament and has drawn No. 5 Mullen (9-2-3) for its first-round opponent.

According to the CHSAA’s playoff rules, the higher seed of the two teams earns home field advantage.

Therefore, the Demons will be heading over the Continental Divide for their contest against the Mustangs, who were ranked fifth in the lastest Rocky Mountain News 4A boys soccer state poll.

Mullen advanced to the state playoffs with a 3-0 shutout win over Silver Creek on Oct. 17.

Basalt, the other area team in the state playoffs, has the luxury of starting its 3A first-round match at home.

The Longhorns (11-3-1) earned the No. 5 overall seed in the 3A Sweet 16 and face No. 12 Middle Park (6-7-2) from Granby out of the Denver Metro League as an opponent.

The date, time and locations of both matches have yet to be determined by school officials. According to the CHSAA, all first-round games must be played by Oct. 26.

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