Roaring Fork earns third seed in 3A soccer playoffs
Roaring Fork High School’s boys soccer team was given the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A state soccer playoffs on Sunday, and the Rams will host the first and second rounds of the 32-team tournament in Carbondale.
The Rams (13-2-0 overall), who won the Class 3A Western Slope League with an unblemished 8-0-0 record, are among five teams in the league who reached the postseason. They include second-place Vail Mountain (11-3-1), third-place Coal Ridge (12-3-0), Aspen (10-5-0) and Basalt (6-9-0).
“I think getting five teams in shows just how strong of a league we have,” Roaring Fork coach Nick Forbes said.
The playoff bracket was announced by the Colorado High School Activities Association early Sunday afternoon.
Roaring Fork will host No. 30-seed Roosevelt (8-7-0) of Johnstown in the first round in Carbondale. The other first round game to be played in Carbondale will feature No. 14 Pagosa Springs (10-4-0) and No. 19 Peak to Peak (7-8-0), also on Friday. The winners of those two games will meet Saturday in the second round.
Roaring Fork also has a football game scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday against Moffat County. School athletic director Marty Nieslanik said Sunday that games will likely be scheduled for early in the afternoon on Friday, with the second-round game likely scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. All games will be played at Carbondale Middle School.
The Rams also hosted last season but were eliminated in the first round with a 1-0 loss to Fountain-Fort Carson in Carbondale and still have memories of that loss.
“It’s definitely going to be a motivational tool,” Forbes said. “We don’t want to feel that way again.”
Coal Ridge, which lost its regular season finale to Roaring Fork and had its other two losses against playoff teams Sheridan and Vail Mountain, will play against No. 24 Sterling (7-7-1) in the first round of the playoffs Friday at Denver School of Science and Technology. The winner will play the winner of Friday’s other game between eighth-seeded DSST (12-1-2) and No. 25 St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs (6-8-1) in the second round on Saturday.
Also hosting will be Vail Mountain, which got the fifth seed in the bracket. The Gore Rangers will host Vanguard Charter School (10-4-0), with that winner playing either No. 12 Telluride or No. 21 Jefferson County.
Coal Ridge defeated Telluride in an early season game in Grand Junction on Sept. 6. The Titans were the two-time defending league champions coming into the season.
Sixteenth-seeded Aspen will play The Pinnacle (10-4-1) on Friday at Kent Denver High School, with that winner playing either the top-seeded Sun Devils (14-1-0) or No. 32 Estes Park (7-5-3). Basalt earned the No. 31 seed and will play at No. 2-seeded Frontier Academy of Greeley (12-1-2) on Friday, with that winner playing either No. 15 Bruce Randolph or No. 18 Colorado Springs Christian.
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