Published: May 7, 2014
Rampart 13, Ralston Valley 11
At Lakewood: Rampart scored the game's last four goals to rally for the school's first playoff victory in nine years as the 18the-seeded Rams upset No. 15 Ralston Valley at Trailblazer Stadium on Wednesday.
"This is huge; there are no words for how proud I am of the girls," Rams fourth-year coach Melissa Rausch said. "Toward the end of the game, the girls won every ground ball, won draws and made sure they could win every small gain on the field they could. They sure didn't look like a team playing in their first playoff game."
Rampart (11-5) will meet No. 2 Chatfield (15-0) in a second-round game at 5 p.m. Friday, also at Trailblazer Stadium.
"All season long, we've gone into every game thinking we can win," Rausch said. "Why not us? That's been our motto since the beginning of the season."
On Wednesday, the Rams led 6-4 at halftime, but later fell behind 11-10 with less than seven minutes left.
"At that point, we decided we were going to start playing again," Rausch said. "We weren't ready to lose."
Kelli Warmouth led the Rams with five goals, while Allie Popelar scored once, added two assists and dictated possession down the stretch by recording seven draw controls.
Lewis-Palmer 2, Golden 1
At Don Breese Stadium: Danielle Hatton and Lauren Belisairo scored as No. 10 Lewis-Palmer (10-3-3) held off feisty No. 23 Golden (6-9-1) to advance to the second round.
The Rangers will travel to play Montrose on Saturday.
Cheyenne Mountain 8, Woodland Park 0
At Cheyenne Mountain: The defending 4A state champions began their quest for a repeat in style, dominating Woodland Park (9-7) in a first-round contest.
The top-ranked Indians (14-0-2) will host Ponderosa in a second-round game Saturday.
Sand Creek 8, Coronado 0
At Sand Creek: No. 3 Sand Creek set the tone with five goals in the first half as the Scorpions (13-2-1) cruised past No. 30 Coronado (8-8).
Christina Tafoya scored three times, Mackenna Fuhrmann added a pair, and Amanda Timmermayer had three assists for the Scorpions, who will host Silver Creek on Saturday.
Palmer Ridge 2, Skyline 0
At Don Breese Stadium: Mackenzie Gouner scored twice, and No. 11 Palmer Ridge (9-5-1) posted its seventh shutout of the season to advance to the second round of the 4A playoffs.
Gouner scored in the 34th minute to give the Bears the lead for good, then added some insurance just past the midway point of the second half.
"It was a frustrating night in that we took a bunch of shots and only scored a couple of goals, but a win is a win in the playoffs," Palmer Ridge coach Nick Odil said. "The defense played well by getting another shutout. That was a bright spot for us."
Palmer Ridge will travel to No. 6 Wheat Ridge for a second-round contest on Saturday.
Wheat Ridge 3, Discovery Canyon 2 (OT)
At Arvada: No. 26 Discovery Canyon (7-8-1) was just 2:02 from a huge upset victory before No. 6 Wheat Ridge tied it to send the first-round playoff game into overtime. Then, after a lengthy delay caused by lightning and marble-sized hail, the Farmers (12-4) got the game winner in the first minute of the extra period.
Sherry Langseth scored with 10 minutes left to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. Earlier, Jamie Keith's goal tied the game at 1 in the 59th minute.
Battle Mountain 15, Air Academy 4
At Edwards: Fourth-seeded Battle Mountain (14-2) had little trouble in dispatching No. 13 Air Academy (5-11) in a 4A first-round playoff game.
"They were the better team," Kadets coach Ron Garcia said. "They possessed the ball and beat us on ground balls. Hats off to Battle Mountain."
Rock Canyon 11, Palmer 3
At Highlands Ranch: No. 9 Palmer (11-5) saw its season end in the first round of the 5A playoffs, as Rock Canyon (11-5) dominated.
The Terrors lost to Rock Canyon by one goal earlier in the season.
5A Northern Regional
At Windsor: Pine Creek senior Mary Kate Nelson qualified for her third straight 5A state tournament by finishing seventh overall with a round of 82 at Highland Meadows Golf Course.
And she'll be joined by teammate Victoria Thompson at the state tournament, May 19-20 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton. Thompson shot a 91 to also clinch an individual berth.