State soccer: Coal Ridge moves into 3A quarterfinals
DENVER — The extra time it took to study its opponent made all the difference in the world to the Coal Ridge High School boys soccer team on Saturday.
Sergio Valentin, Ray Bencomo and Chaz Apostolik each had two goals for the ninth-seeded Titans, who rolled to a 6-0 victory over eighth-seeded Denver School of Science and Technology in the second round of the Class 3A state tournament at Manuel High School.
“We had a chance to watch them the day before and formulate a game plan,” Coal Ridge coach Mike Mikalakis said. “We saw what kind of style they played and adjusted to it.”
They adjusted well enough to reach the quarterfinal round of the 3A state playoffs for the third consecutive year. There, the Titans (14-3-0) will face top-seeded Kent Denver (16-1-0), which defeated Aspen 3-0 in another second-round game on Saturday.
Senior Enrique Bucio finished with four assists, and Bencomo and Apostolik also added assists to the Titans’ cause. Bencomo scored both of this goals in the first half and Valentin scored one of his goals in the first half to stake Coal Ridge to a 3-0 halftime lead.
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Apostolik scored both of his goals in the second half. The Titans finished with a 14-2 shots-on-goal advantage.
“This is a great feeling,” Mikalakis said. “The boys are really excited about being back here, and they deserve to be because they played a heck of a game today.”
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