Defending champion Grandview and Centennial League rival Arapahoe notched semifinal victories at Echo Park Automotive Stadium in Parker on May 18 in a doubleheader in the Class 5A girls state soccer tournament.
Grandview, which played for its fourth state title in five years in the May 22 championship game, posted a 1-0 win over Ralston Valley. Shalom Prince scored in the 53rd minute for the game’s only goal and pushed the second-seeded Wolves (16-2-1) into the championship contest.
Arapahoe, which has won nine state championships but none since 2006, used a goal by Lauren Walters to down Rocky Mountain, 3-2.
The Warriors, seeded 12th, took a 15-3-1 record into the title game and gave coach Mark Hampshire a chance to win two soccer titles in the same year. He coached the Arapahoe boys to the title last fall with a win over Grandview.
Top-seeded Colorado Academy and No. 2 Cherry Creek won semifinal games and clashed for the fifth consecutive season in the championship game, which was held May 22.
Cherry Creek defeated No. 6 Regis Jesuit in a May 18 semifinal game at the University of Denver when Ameila McCarthy scored the game winner in the final minute of play to send the Bruins to the title game for the 22nd time in 22 seasons.
Colorado Academy, which has won the past four state titles, advanced with a 14-8 semifinal victory over No. 5 Valor Christian.
Defending 5A state champion Mountain Vista won one of the eight regional qualifying tournaments on May 18 and will join Grandview, Heritage, Cherry Creek, Chaparral and Regis Jesuit as south metro teams advancing into the double-elimination state tournament.
The tournament will be held May 24-25 and continue May 31 and June 1.
In the Region 1 tournament, Mountain Vista overpowered Mullen, 12-1, and belted Dakota Ridge, 20-2.
Legend lost a chance to advance with a 14-8 setback to Rocky Mountain in the finals of the four-team Region 2 meet.
Grandview edged Ralston Valley, 12-11, and then whipped Windsor 11-0 in Region 3 while Douglas County dropped a 9-8 decision to Legacy in the Region 4 title game.
Regis Jesuit got shutout pitching in 6-0 and 4-0 victories over Monarch and Chatfield in Region 5 while Chaparral continued its season with a 4-3 win over Loveland and a 7-3 conquest of Pine Creek in Region 6.
Heritage, last season’s 5A runners-up, won the Region 7 playoffs with an 4-0 shutout over Mountain Range and an 8-4 triumph over Rock Canyon, which had edged Boulder, 6-5, in an opening game.
Cherry Creek downed defending 4A champion Valor Christian, 11-1, in Region 8 and then nipped Horizon, 8-7. Horizon had eliminated ThunderRidge, 6-5.
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