LONGMONT | Grandview did its part to contribute to a night filled with upsets — at least as far as seedings — in the second round of the Class 5A boys soccer playoffs Tuesday.
Four of the top six seeds — including all of the top three — in a tournament that began with 32 teams went down to defeat in the second round and one of them (No. 6 Silver Creek) was dispatched by the Wolves, as the 11th-seeded visitors came away with a 1-0 victory at Everly-Montgomery Stadium.
Senior Charlie Lucero’s first-half goal turned out to be all that was needed for coach Brian Wood’s Grandview team to top the previously undefeated Raptors and earn a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinal round along with three other double-digit seeds.
The Centennial League champion Wolves (12-4-1) will get a home game to boot as they will face 14th-seeded Mountain Vista, which eliminated third-seeded Fort Collins 3-1. It will be a rematch of a game played on Aug. 31 in which the Golden Eagles (11-4-2) topped Grandview 1-0.
The Wolves made it to the semifinals during the spring — when the season got moved to from the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic — and earned their way within a win of getting back there again thanks to a goal by Lucero, just his third of the season.
Lucero’s tally held up as Grandview’s defense recorded its eighth shut out of the campaign, doing so against a Silver Creek team that hadn’t been held scoreless all season.
The Wolves’ victory put Aurora teams at 1-1 in the second round, as 12th-seeded Cherokee Trail battled fifth-seeded Castle View before going down 3-1 in play at Douglas County Stadium (story).
Updated 5A boys soccer playoff scoreboard and schedule, here.
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2021 CLASS 5A BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFFS (2ND ROUND)
Nov. 2 at Everly-Montgomery Stadium
(11) Grandview 1, (6) Silver Creek 0
Score by halves:
Grandview 1 0 — 1
Silver Creek 0 0 — 0
Grandview goal: Charlie Lucero