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5 things to watch for three Weld schools in girls soccer state playoffs

Kayla Cornett

Postseason play kicks off today with the Class 2A-5A Girls Soccer Championships, and this year Weld has three teams representing the county in the state playoffs.

In 4A, fifth-seeded Windsor (14-1) will host No. 28 Englewood (6-7-1) at 7 tonight. Weld Central (11-2-1), seeded 24th, will play at No. 9 Mullen (9-6) at 4:30 p.m. today.

In 3A, sixth-seeded Frontier Academy (11-4) has a first-round bye. The Wolverines will host the winner of Coal Ridge-Sterling at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Here are five things to watch on the pitch:

1. Will Windsor get past second round with a tough draw?

The Wizards are sitting pretty for their first-round matchup — hosting No. 28 Englewood — but the second round could be difficult.

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Windsor would host the game, but it would face either No. 12 Wheat Ridge (10-4-1) or No. 21 Denver South (10-4).

Wheat Ridge took fourth in a tough Jefferson County conference with six teams in the playoffs. Denver South finished second in the 5A/4A Denver Prep League behind 5A Denver East with the same league record.

Either way, the Wizards are in for a good game — if they make it out of the first round.

2. Will a first-round bye help Frontier Academy?

The Wolverines are no strangers to the postseason, but it has been awhile since they've had a first-round bye.

Frontier was seeded seventh last year and still had a first-round game.

This season, it could be a good thing for the Wolverines to get some rest after playing six games over the last two weeks of the season.

Also, playing at home in its first game bodes well for Frontier.

3. Can Weld Central get past a tough Mullen squad?

Despite winning the Colorado 7 League again, the Rebels received a low seed.

That means they face a tough opponent in Mullen, which played a handful of 5A teams this season.

Weld Central has a squad led by seniors, including three who have signed to play in college, and that experience could be key for the Rebels.

4. Can the Wizards handle the pressure of a high seed?

Windsor was seeded 15th last year and made an exit in the second round.

This time, the Wizards are seeded fifth, giving them home-field advantage for at least two rounds.

Windsor has several girls who have postseason experience, but it also has a big crop of freshmen.

5. Can the Wolverines go even further in the playoffs this year?

Last year, Frontier made it to the round of 8, which is the furthest the team has gone in program history.

The Wolverines had another strong season and snagged a higher seed in the bracket. Last season they fell to Colorado Academy, who is on the other side of the bracket this year.

It could be tough to get past the round of 8, but Frontier might have as good a chance as it has in a while with this squad.

If you go

» Who: The Frontier Academy, Weld Central and Windsor girls soccer teams

» What: Class 2A-5A Girls Soccer Championships

» When: 4A: First round today; second round Saturday. 3A: First round Friday; second round Saturday.

» Weld matchups: No. 28 Englewood at No. 5 Windsor, 7 tonight; No. 24 Weld Central at No. 9 Mullen, 4:30 p.m. today; No. 11 Coal Ridge or No. 22 Sterling at No. 6 Frontier Academy, 11 a.m. Saturday.