No. 17 Coal Ridge soccer falls to No. 16 Colorado Springs Christian, 5-0, in first round of 3A state playoffs
Making the five hour trip to Colorado Springs Thursday afternoon for its first round matchup against the No. 16 Colorado Springs Christian Lions in the 3A Colorado High School Activities Association’s state soccer playoffs, the No. 17 Coal Ridge Titans soccer team couldn’t find its footing in a 5-0 loss, ending a strong season for the blue and white from New Castle.
The loss caps off a year in which the Titans finished third in the 3A Western Slope League standings, going 8-6-1 (4-3 3A WSL) during the regular season. Prior to a loss to Roaring Fork on Oct. 18 on the road, the Titans appeared in prime position to host a first-round matchup once again. Instead, the RPI system used by CHSAA saw the Titans fall from just inside the top 16 to No. 17, forcing the Titans to hit the road for the first round.
At UCSS Mountain Lion Stadium in Colorado Springs, the Titans fell behind 1-0 in the first half, before the Lions scored four second-half goals to pull away from Coal Ridge late, ending the Titans’ season.
Coal Ridge says goodbye to seven seniors after the loss: Gustavo Archila, Kade Frees, Trace Apostolik, Forrest Reeder, Denilsson Espinoza, Trevor Roberts and Jonathan Arroyo.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.