AURORA | Top-seeded Grandview was the lone Aurora team to advance through Tuesday’s opening round of the Centennial League boys soccer tournament.
The Wolves — the regular season league champions — moved into the championship semifinals of the three-game tournament with a 3-0 victory over eighth-seeded Cherokee Trail at Legacy Stadium, an identical result to when the teams met nearly three weeks earlier.
Senior Jose Soto put coach Brian Wood’s Grandview team on the scoreboard first in the 31st minute when he buried a crossing pass and the Wolves went into the lockerroom with a 1-0 advantage, though the margin could have been larger if not for the play of Cougars’ goalkeeper Tyler Hill.
Senior Colton Laverenz and junior Charlie Lucero added goals in the second half as the Wolves improved to 7-1 on the season and move into a semifinal against No. 4 Arapahoe, which defeated No. 5 Eaglecrest 1-0 on a goal in the second half at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.
No. 2 Mullen defeated visiting No. 7 Smoky Hill 6-2 and No. 3 Cherry Creek topped No. 6 Overland 3-1 at Stutler Bowl to move into the other championship semifinal.
The winner of the tournament earns an automatic berth in the Class 5A state tournament unless it is Grandview or Mullen, which drops to 4A for the postseason.
Championship and consolation rounds were scheduled to be played Thursday, but three of them were moved up to Wednesday due to a possible snowstorm.
Grandview plays Arapahoe at 5 p.m. at Legacy Stadium in championship semifinal play, followed by Cherokee Trail and Eaglecrest at the same venue at 7 p.m. Overland and Smoky Hill play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Stutler Bowl in the other consolation semifinal.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
2021 CENTENNIAL LEAGUE BOYS SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Wednesday, April 14
Game 5: No. 4 Arapahoe (5-2-1) vs. NO. 1 GRANDVIEW (7-1), Legacy Stadium, 5 p.m.
Game 7: NO. 8 CHEROKEE TRAIL (1-7) vs. NO. 5 EAGLECREST (2-5-1), Legacy Stadium, 7 p.m.
Game 8: NO. 7 SMOKY HILL (1-7) vs. NO. 6 OVERLAND (2-6), Stutler Bowl, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 15
Game 6: No. 3 Cherry Creek (6-2) vs. No. 2 Mullen (7-1) at Stutler Bowl, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13
Game 1: NO. 1 GRANDVIEW 3, NO. 8 CHEROKEE TRAIL 0
Game 2: No. 4 Arapahoe 1, NO. 5 EAGLECREST 0
Game 3: No. 3 Cherry Creek 3, NO. 6 OVERLAND 1
Game 4: No. 2 Mullen 6, NO. 7 SMOKY HILL 2
Saturday, April 17
Game 9 (Championship): Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, site TBD
Game 10 (Fifth place): Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, site TBD
Game 11: (Third place): Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, site TBD
Game 12: (Seventh place): Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 loser