When the 2019 boys soccer playoff brackets were released on Monday, Boulder head coach Hardy Kalisher probably got over a dozen texts and phone calls before he even had a chance to look at them himself.

That’s a pretty typical level of excitement that surrounds elite Front Range League teams like Boulder, Broomfield, Fairview and Legacy once playoff time rolls around. All four of those teams looked to find themselves in the top 10 in Class 5A, and will host first-round playoff games this Friday and Saturday to begin what each of them hopes will be a playoff run ending in a state championship.

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Bishal Ellison and the Boulder Panthers soccer team earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming 5A state soccer playoffs.

“By all measures, the regular season was a success for us,” Kalisher said. “Any time you can finish in the top two of the Front Range League, that’s good and it prepares us for the playoffs. We always like to treat the playoffs as a second season. The boys are well-prepared and we’re ready to try to keep the season going and keep the team together as long as we can.”

Many of the messages Kalisher received concerned where the Front Range League rivals all landed in relation to one another.

As the No. 5 overall seed, Boulder will host Mountain Vista for the opening round in Quadrant 2. No. 1 Legacy, No. 8 Fairview and No. 9 Broomfield, however, were all placed in Quadrant 2. None of them will square off in the first round, but the conference rivals’ placement could make for some intriguing second- or third-round matchups.

There’s a bit of early-round local area rivalry action set to unfold in the 4A tournament as well.

On Saturday, No. 7 Holy Family will host No. 26 Centaurus in the first round. The game will also feature two of the state’s top scorers in Centaurus seniors Fernando Ruiz and Christian Nunez, who have combined for 33 goals, against a Holy Family defense that allowed just 20 goals during the regular season.

Elsewhere in the 4A state tournament, No. 30 Skyline will play No. 3 Skyview in the first round with a potential second-round local matchup should No. 19 Erie Get by No. 14 Pueblo West on Saturday. No. 4 Silver Creek will host No. 29 Canon City in the first round and No. 15 Niwot will host No. 18 Regis Groff.

In the 3A tournament, No. 24 Mead will travel to play No. 9 Arrupe Jesuit. No. 19 Peak to Peak will hit the road to face No. 5 Roaring Fork. No. 20 Jefferson Academy will also be on the road for the first round against No. 13 Middle Park.

In 2A, the Dawson School Mustangs earned the No. 4 seed and will have a first-round bye. The Mustangs will face the winner of No. 5 Telluride and No. 12 Thomas MacLaren School.



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