AURORA | Four Aurora teams went into the opening round of the Class 5A boys state soccer tournament Oct. 25 and three came out on the other side as No. 3 Grandview, No. 6 Cherokee Trail and No. 19 Rangeview survived to make the second round on Halloween.
The Wolves blanked low-scoring No. 30 seed Greeley West 3-0 in the first round with senior Raymond Jackson’s early goal holding up as the game-winner, while senior Noe Ortiz Pena and junior Ivan Luna also found the back of the net.
Grandview now has a rematch with Rangeview — which it defeated 2-1 in the season opener for both teams Aug. 23 — after the Raiders delivered one of the three upsets in the opening round of the playoffs when it visited No. 14 Mountain Range and prevailed 3-2.
The EMAC champions got two goals from junior Rashid Seidu-Aroza — who currently leads all of Class 5A with 27 goals — plus another from junior Braidon Nourse that proved to be the game-winner.
Cherokee Trail plays in the second round after escaping with a 3-2 overtime win over No. 27 Legend at Stutler Bowl.
Senior Carlos Melendez tallied the game-winner in the extra session for coach Tori Hardy’s Cougars, who let a 2-1 lead slip away by way an own goal late in the first half. Seniors Ben Garcia and Cole Seperich also scored for Cherokee Trail, which has a rematch with No. 22 Cherry Creek in the second round.
No. 21 Regis Jesuit suffered the only loss among locals in the opening round as the Continental League champions fell behind early and couldn’t rally in a 3-1 loss to the Far Northeast Warriors.
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2018 CLASS 5A BOYS STATE SOCCER PLAYOFFS
Second round (Oct. 31)
No. 22 Cherry Creek at No. 6 Cherokee Trail, 4 p.m.
No. 19 Rangeview vs. No. 3 Grandview at Legacy Stadium, 6 p.m.
First round (Oct. 25)
No. 3 Grandview 3, No. 30 Greeley West 0
No. 6 Cherokee Trail 3, No. 27 Legend 2 (OT)
No. 12 Far Northeast Warriors 3, No. 21 Regis Jesuit 1
No. 19 Rangeview 3, No. 14 Mountain Range 2