Soccer’s Shot at State Starts Against Rocky Mountain

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By Jorion Marshall, Reporter

The Rangeview Raiders are in the soccer playoffs yet again. The Boy’s Varsity team is planning to strike their competition in today’s game against Rocky Mountain. Coming into the playoffs, the Raiders finished second in the 5A EMAC league, and 37th in the state. With only two losses, the Raiders have something to prove, and they are looking to do so.

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Junior Jalen Sanchez drives in with the ball. This is Sanchez’s second year on varsity. (Vincent Tran)

Their opponent for their first playoff game, Rocky Mountain High School, has a record of 8-5-2, and their history shows to hold a decent winning record. Their league shows a high caliber of competition, and because of this their ranking stands at 24th in the state.

Although Rocky Mountain has a higher standing than the Rangeview Soccer team, the number of in game points is far below the Raiders. The Raiders have an outstanding 41 goals, along with 30 assists in the regular season, while Rocky Mountain only maintains 22 goals and 13 assists. The leading scorer for Rocky Mountain has only seven goals while Rangeview’s leader holds thirteen.

According to Maxpreps, based on in–game statistics, the Raiders are projected to win three goals to two. The leading scorer for Rangeview, Ivan Enriquez, goes into the game with a powerful mindset saying, “Failure is not an option tomorrow, and I will make sure of that.” Ivan has been an incredible weapon for the Raiders thus far, with 13 goals which puts him second in the league for scoring.

The highly anticipated playoffs matchup is taking place on Rangeview turf, where they have yet to lose a game. Junior, Jalen Sanchez plans to take his team all the way remarking, “This is the road to state.”

Come out to the first playoff game to see Rangeview and Rocky Mountain High School go head to head. Be on the Rangeview turf field at 3:45 p.m today, October 29th.