Playoff info set for area soccer teams
Now that the dates and locations have been determined, let’s go play soccer ” specifically, boys state playoff soccer.
First-round games for three of the four area prep teams that reached the 2004 postseason playoffs will take place Wednesday.
Of the three games on tap Wednesday, Basalt (13-1-1 overall) is the only area squad to earn a home game.
The Longhorns, the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A playoffs, square off with James Irwin (8-5-2) from Colorado Springs, who play in the Tri-Peaks League.
Offensively, Basalt has two players who have scored 18 goals this season, according to RockyPreps statistics, in Felipe Sanchez and Cy Eaton.
Basalt also boasts a strong defense.
Goalkeeper Jamie Wirkler takes a 14-game unbeaten streak with him into Wednesday’s game against the Jaguars and has given up only eight goals in 15 games, which include 10 shutouts.
David Hausknecht is James Irwin’s best scoring threat. The junior forward has netted eight goals to date.
Glenwood Springs (12-2-1) travel to Longmont High School for a 5 p.m. kickoff against Niwot (11-4-0) in the 4A playoffs.
The Demons were ranked 21st in the opening round of the 32-team, single-elimination. Niwot, who play in the Northern League, earned the No. 12 seed.
Pat Shepard paces Glenwood’s attack with 11 goals and five assists. Niwot counters with Kevin Pelen, who’s bagged nine goals to date.
No. 20 Rifle (9-4-2) travels to No. 13 Summit (9-3-3) for a first-round contest, scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Bears feature a balanced attack, led by forwards Sean Melody (eight goals), Adam Krick and Jorge Alvarado (six goals each). Keeper Derek Roberts is one of the stingiest goalies in Class 4A, allowing only 18 goals with five shutouts in 15 games.
Roaring Fork (6-8-2), the No. 16 team in the 3A playoffs, buses to Denver Thursday for a game with No. 1-seed Faith Christian, who finished the regular season with an unblemished 15-0-0 mark.
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