Devils, Huskies, VMS have no complaints on soccer draw
Well, soccer seeding went quite nicely.
Everybody’s at home for their first game and no one really can have a beef with the number they drew.
How often can one say that with regard to CHSAA?
Here’s the lowdown on the upcoming playoff action in chronological order.
Eagle Valley (14) vs. Green Mountain (19), today, 5 p.m.
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This was question No. 1, “Would the Devils be home for the first round?” Yes, by two spots.
So we welcome the playoffs to Hot Stuff Stadium at 5 p.m. today. It’s the first time the girls have been in the playoffs since the school moved up to Class 4A during the 2004-05 academic year.
Green Mountain (10-4-1) finished sixth in the Jeffco, which is sending six squads to the tournament. The Rams played a lot of low-scoring games, scoring just 34 goals, but allowing only 12.
Green Mountain blanked Summit County, 4-0, while Eagle Valley (12-3) topped the Tigers, 6-1 and 7-0.
What’s interesting about the Rams scoring 34 as a team all season is that the Devils’ Mariel Gutierrez has 35 to her name this season.
And herein lies the crux of the matter. Can Green Mountain do what no Western Slope team, 4A or 3A, could? Find a way to shut down No. 9. Or will others like Jessie Adams, Kaitlyn Borah and Sofia Aguilar take advantage of all the attention that will doubtless be devoted to Gutierrez and find the open space?
This is why we watch, kids.
Battle Mountain (4) vs. Skyview (29), today, 6 p.m.
This is the highest seed Battle Mountain soccer has ever received.
Let that sink in for a moment. This is a pretty good soccer school with a lot of good teams in its history.
The 2008 girls, who went 15-0, got No. 9, and the 2012 boys got No. 6. All the latter did was go 15-0 during the regular season and make that 20-0 with a state title.
Battle Mountain clearly did itself some good with its 1-0 loss to Evergreen last week. Evergreen ended up as the No. 1 in the field and, yes, if seeds held, the two teams would meet again in the semifinals.
But, first things first. The Huskies (13-2) must take care of business against the 7-8 Panthers.
We also give points to Huskies coach David Cope for his playoff prognostications. He had Steamboat Springs going to Montrose in his postseason musings. In a related development, the Battle Mountain-Skyview winner takes on the winner of that game on Saturday.
Vail Mountain School (1) vs. TBD, Friday
The good news is that the Gore Rangers are the top team in all of 2A to start the playoffs. The bad news is that there will be no orange.
The home team, which VMS will be even at neutral sites, must wear white.
The most important part of this is that VMS got a bye through Tuesday’s 2A first round. After a long stretch of big games, the Gore Rangers needed a break.
VMS will host the winner of Rocky Mountain Lutheran-Clear Creek on Friday at historic Bandoni Alumni Field. Fans, of course, will be allowed to wear orange.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.