Two local soccer teams with different paths to the second round are aiming for the same thing Wednesday night.
The Fort Collins High School and Fossil Ridge boys soccer teams are hunting a berth in the Class 5A quarterfinals when they play second round games.
Fort Collins has been strong all season and will host Pine Creek. Fossil Ridge used a late surge to get into the playoffs where the SaberCats pulled off a first-round upset. Now they’ll face another road test, this time at Lincoln.
Here’s a look at each second-round game.
(8) Fort Collins
Bio: The Lambkins, who finished No. 4 in the Front Range League, are in the second round after a nail-biting win on penalty kicks against No. 25 Lakewood. Derrick Eberling keys the attack with seven goals and seven assists this season. The Lambkins have a strong defense, allowing fewer than one goal per game and goalie Alex Snavely has nine shutouts. Fort Collins is looking for its first quarterfinal berth since 2013.
(9) Pine Creek
Bio: The Eagles advanced out of the first round with a 3-2 win over No. 24 Grand Junction. Pine Creek was undefeated in the Colorado Springs Metro League and the Eagles have won seven games in a row. Andrew Turk has 11 goals and Christian Seaquist has 10.
Game details: Pine Creek at Fort Collins, 6 p.m. Wednesday at French Field
Bio: The Lancers won on penalty kicks against No. 19 Castle View to advance to the second round. Lincoln finished third in the Denver Prep League. Luis Castillo leads the Lancers with 10 goals. Lincoln is in the second round for the second year in a row.
(30) Fossil Ridge
Bio: The SaberCats upset No. 3 Cherry Creek 2-1 to advance to the second round. Fossil Ridge finished eighth in the FRL and used a late-season upset of Legacy to sneak into the playoffs. Grant Martinez has seven goals and five assists, while Tyler Hause has five goals. The Cherry Creek upset broke a streak of losing in the first round three years in a row. The SaberCats are aiming for their first quarterfinal appearance since 2009 (4A) and first since moving to 5A.
Game details: Fossil Ridge at Lincoln, 3:15 p.m. Wednesday
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