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Girls' soccer playoff capsules: Lewis-Palmer, TCA, Manitou and Fountain Valley look to advance

May 16, 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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Lewis-Palmer players, left to right, Rilee Britton, Addi DiMarco and Annica Fletemeyer celebrate after teammate Brianna Alger scored the first goal of their 3-0 win over Air Academy in girls' soccer Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

The girls’ soccer playoffs move into the quarterfinals and semifinals, and all of them take place Wednesday.

Defending 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer is still alive, as is the only 4A team to defeat the Rangers this season – The Classical Academy.

In 3A, Manitou Springs is one home win away from the semifinals, while Fountain Valley goes up against 2A’s top seed with a state final berth on the line.

Class 4A

Quarterfinals

Windsor vs. Lewis-Palmer

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: At Lewis-Palmer

What to know: Since losing its season finale to 5A Ralston Valley 4-0, No. 3 Lewis-Palmer (15-2) has bounced back with wins of 9-1 and 3-0 over the first two rounds of the postseason. No. 6 Windsor (16-1) is riding a 12-game winning streak. The Wizards have yielded just six goals all season – one of those in their 2-1, double overtime win against Cheyenne Mountain in the second round. Throw in the fact that Windsor has scored 101 and L-P knows it has to be wary of its quarterfinal opponent. Leading scorers Abby Gearhart (32 goals) and Margaret Zimmerman (26) each tallied against the Indians. Bri Alger led the Rangers with 19 goals heading into the postseason.

The Classical Academy vs. D’Evelyn

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: At Lakewood Memorial Field

What to know: Not counting neutral-site matchups, No. 5 TCA (15-1) hasn’t been on the road for a playoff game since a 3A win over Jefferson Academy in 2014. But maybe that’s not a bad thing, as the Titans have been bounced on home turf their first two excursions into the 4A playoffs. They travel to No. 4 D’Evelyn (13-3-1), which finished fourth in the Jefferson County League, where it suffered all three of its losses. The Jaguars have scored 47 goals and allowed 17 for a difference of plus-30 goals. TCA has scored 104 and given up eight, for a difference of plus-96. Hannah Burgo leads TCA with 34 goals. Laryssa Hamblen is D’Evelyn’s leader with 19.

 

Class 3A

Quarterfinals

The Academy vs. Manitou Springs

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Where: At Manitou Springs

What to know: No. 3 Manitou Springs (15-1) hasn’t been this deep into the postseason since 2013, when the Mustangs lost on the road to No. 2 Peak to Peak in the quarterfinals. This time the Mustangs are at home, hosting No. 6 The Academy (15-1). The Wildcats’ only loss came to No. 1 Jefferson Academy way back on March 23. Ditto for the Mustangs, who lost to JA two days before the Wildcats. Both The Academy and Manitou are riding 12-game win streaks. The Mustangs are led by Brooklyn Mack’s 29 goals. The Wildcats are led by Alexis Loera’s 37, while the team has tallied 118 to Manitou’s 80.

 

Class 2A

Semifinals

Fountain Valley vs. Denver Christian

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: At All-City Stadium, Denver

What to know: No. 1 Denver Christian (14-2) got blown out 9-0 two games ago. That’s the good news for No. 5 Fountain Valley (12-5). The bad news is that loss came against the No. 2 team in 3A, so it might not be too relevant. In fact, both of the Thunder’s losses are to 3A teams. They have also allowed 18 goals in 16 games. The teams did not meet this season, but the Thunder defeated ECA 4-1, a team the Danes beat twice, including in the previous round of the playoffs. Fountain Valley will need star McKenna Monk (41 goals) to continue to produce in order to move on. Denver Christian is led by freshman Kara Amidon and her 25 goals, while Miranda Kortenhoeven has 18 goals, 18 assists.

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