Five Garfield County prep soccer teams make it to the state playoffs
Garfield County will have a No. 1 seed and one other top-five seed as the Colorado high school boys soccer state playoffs are set to begin later this week.
Meanwhile, the Glenwood Springs Demons earned the No. 13 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, and will host their first game on Saturday.
State playoff pairings were announced Monday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Carbondale’s Colorado Rocky Mountain School enters the 12-team 2A state tournament as the top seed in the smaller-school classification.
The independent college prep school soccer team, under the tutelage of coach Dan Pittz, compiled a 7-3-1 record on the season.
The Oysters earned a bye to the quarterfinals and won’t play until Nov. 6 versus the winner of a first-round matchup between No. 8 Mile High Academy and No. 9 Denver Christian.
Rocky Mountain School would host the game. However, depending on the weather over the week, Pittz said the match could be moved to a location that has an artificial turf field.
Rams No. 5 in 3A
Across town, the 3A Western Slope League champion Roaring Fork High School Rams earned the No. 5 seed among 32 teams in the state 3A tournament.
Roaring Fork (11-2-1 overall) will face the No. 28 Peak to Peak Pumas (6-9), likely either Friday or Saturday. Though the Rams would play host, that venue could also be determined by this week’s winter weather, coach Nick Forbes said.
Other area 3A teams in the playoffs include Basalt at No. 29, playing at No. 4 Aurora West on the road (date and time TBD); and Coal Ridge (5-9-1), seeded 30th and playing at No. 3 Atlas Preparatory School. Salida is the top seed in that division.
Demons host first-round game
Glenwood Springs finished a strong season at 10-2-3 but placed second in the 4A Western Slope League, behind the No. 1 4A seed and league champion Battle Mountain.
The Demons will play No. 20 Standley Lake (9-6) out of the Jefferson County League, at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field.
Also making the 32-team 4A playoff field is Rifle (10-5), seeded 23rd. The Bears will play No. 10 Discovery Canyon (12-3) out of the Pikes Peak League at 3 p.m. Friday in Colorado Springs.
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