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Boys' soccer: Capsules of Saturday's championship games

November 7, 2013 Updated: November 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm
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photo - Air Academy's Gabriel Stuger celebrates a goal against Ponderosa during second half of the 4A State Championship soccer semifinals in Park on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Air Academy won 4-0. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Air Academy's Gabriel Stuger celebrates a goal against Ponderosa during second half of the 4A State Championship soccer semifinals in Park on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Air Academy won 4-0. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

All state title games will be played at the home of the Colorado Rapids, Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, on Saturday.

5A

No. 4 Pine Creek vs. No. 2 Rock Canyon

When: 3:30 p.m.

What to know: Pine Creek (16-2) is making its debut in the state's biggest game. And the Eagles got there on the heels of their outstanding defense. Wednesday's 1-0 overtime win over Boulder gave the Eagles their school-best 14th shutout of the season and third straight. They've outscored opponents 7-1 in four playoff games. Rock Canyon (16-0-2) has yet to lose a game. Like the Eagles, the Jaguars have yielded just one goal in the postseason and have 11 shutouts. No Jags player has more than 10 goals, but 13 of 16 field players have scored. The Eagles' have also spread the goal scoring across their roster. Michael Steffy leads the way with 11, while Nic Banister and Nico Farley have each scored eight. The game promises to be a defensive battle, especially on the over-sized field at DSG.

4A

No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain vs. No. 1 Air Academy

When: 10:30 a.m.

What to know: This matchup guarantees Colorado Springs a local state champion. The two teams met in Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play over a month ago. Air Academy (18-1) got the better of that matchup, but barely. The Kadets eked out a 4-3 overtime victory over the Indians (16-3) on an Alex Granados penalty kick in the second overtime. Since then, both teams have been defensive stalwarts. Air Academy has gone 8-1 and allowed just four goals. Cheyenne Mountain has been even stingier, going 9-0, yielding two goals. Air Academy leans on leading scorer Austin Dewing (23 goals) and Granados (11), who opened the scoring for the Kadets in their 4-0 drubbing of Ponderosa in the semifinals. The Indians have 13-goal scorer David Mcdermed and 12-goal scorer John Herd.

3A

No. 3 The Classical Academy vs. No. 1 Colorado Academy

When: 1 p.m.

What to know: The Colorado Academy (18-0-1) is the defending champion. More impressive than that, the Mustangs haven't lost since Oct. 29, 2011. That gives them an unbeaten streak of 39 games (37-0-2). Want another impressive stat? In those 39 games, the Mustangs have yielded 10 goals, none since Sept. 17. The team is loaded with juniors and seniors. So what's the good news for TCA (18-1)? The Titans have scored an astounding 98 goals this season to Colorado Academy's 55. They have a sophomore 30-goal scorer in Robby Jacobs, a 22-goal scorer in freshman Titus Grant and a 13-goal scorer in freshman Jeremy Baldes. The Titans can carry play with their creative midfield and finishing forwards. And if goalie Micah Mesward plays as impressively as he did in Wednesday's semifinal win, the Titans have to love their chances from back to front.

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