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League title, playoff berths on the line

Staff Report

Playoff spots and league titles will be decided in regular-season finale games today in girls soccer.

In the Class 4A Western Slope League, Glenwood has Moffat County to thank for a chance to slip into the No. 2 seed out of the league.

Moffat tied second place Rifle on Saturday, opening the door for the Demons, who trail second-place Rifle by a half game going into their final contest. Rifle finished its regular season against Moffat.

It’s certainly not a gimme game, though.

Glenwood (8-2-1) travels to Steamboat Springs (11-0), which has already clinched the league title and is undefeated in league play. The contest is scheduled for 4 p.m.

“It is a big game,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “I think that the result of the game will give either Glenwood or Steamboat a boost in the postseason rankings. There should be a lot of eyes on this game.”

The boost would be bigger for Glenwood. A victory would ensure a second-place finish in the WSL and give Glenwood a home game in the regional round against Brighton of the Skyline League. A loss has the Demons traveling to the No. 2 seed out of the Jeffco League.

“The big motivation for us is that Steamboat knows it will be playing at home, win or lose,” White said. “We’d just like to host a playoff game. It’s good for the community and good for kids to bring one home.”

In 3A WSL action, Basalt and Eagle Valley face off for what is essentially the league title game, while Roaring Fork and Aspen are playing for their postseason lives.

Basalt, the four-time defending league champion, and Eagle Valley are both without a league loss at 10-0-1. The only blemish for either team is a 2-2 tie when the squads played each other.

The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Roaring Fork travels to Aspen for a game that will decide which team qualifies for this year’s state tournament. Both teams enter today’s 4 p.m. game with a record of 6-5.

The head-to-head tiebreaker won’t matter – unless the game ends in a tie – but Roaring Fork beat Aspen 6-5 in the only other meeting earlier this season.

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