COLORADO SPRINGS | In the only quadrant of the Class 5A boys state soccer bracket went according to seeding, fifth-seeded Grandview fell to No. 4 Pine Creek Saturday with a berth in the semifinals on the line.
Upsets have abounded in this season’s parity-filled tournament, as the 5A Final Four includes the No. 19 seed (Denver East) and the No. 9 (Boulder), but Pine Creek and Grandview advanced to the quarterfinals without incident, though both had one-goal wins among their victories in the first two rounds.
When the teams met at District 20 Stadium, it was the Eagles that prevailed thanks to a goal in the seventh minute by Nic Bannister that held up. Pine Creek advanced to play Boulder — the defending 5A state champion — at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Legacy Stadium.
All three of the losses for coach Brian Wood’s 14-3-1 Grandview team came by 1-0 counts.
The Wolves managed just five shots on goal.
Grandview’s loss put Aurora completely out of the playoffs, as all seven teams that qualified have been ousted.
(4) PINE CREEK 1, (5) GRANDVIEW 0
Score by halves:
Grandview 0 0 — 0
Pine Creek 1 0 — 1
Pine Creek — Nic Bannister (Nicholas Farley), 7th minute
Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel.