AURORA -- It seems likely that Fort Lupton's soccer team will advance to postseason for a second straight time starting Wednesday, Oct. 27. FLHS was in 20th place in the state's Ratings Performance Index late last week, and the top 32 teams advance.
Opponent and place of the first-round game are less certain. The pairings are due out Monday, Oct. 25. Last year, FLHS earned the 16th seed in a COVID-shortened field and barely lost to top-seeded Colorado Academy in the first round.
What is absolutely certain is that Fort Lupton did not win the Colorado League championship. Aurora Central saw to that by beating the Bluedevils 3-0 in Aurora Oct. 19. A year ago, the same two schools played for the league title in Fort Lupton, and the Bluedevils won.
The Trojans' Ivan Dorado .took advantage of a defensive mistake and scored in the 12th minute. ACHS added two goals in a span of six minutes late in the second half. One came by way of a penalty kick.
"We battled, and we're still breathing .. still walking and talking," FLHS coach Kyle Reddy said. "We're still going to make the state tournament. It would have been nice to get this one. It would have solidified a higher seed for us."
FLHS finished the regular season with a record of 12-3.
"Last year, we only had 10 games," Reddy said. "I'm proud of these boys. Our destiny is in our hands. We have to take each game seriously, each training session seriously. It's one and done, and we have to understand overlying consequences. We can't drop another game like this."
Reddy called the loss to Aurora Central "unfortunate."
"But these boys will find a way to bounce back," Reddy said. "We controlled the majority of the game. We played together. We fed off each other. What went wrong for us was we beat ourselves. We could have beaten that team. At the end of the day, we beat ourselves."
Reddy knows of a few things where the Bluedevils need some work ahead of the state tournament.
"Everybody's head needs to be in the game before the game," he said. "Even the day before the game. I like to say the day before the day before (the game) is the most important one -- hydration, nutrition taking care of your injuries. Come the day before, we know what we're doing. The day of, we're already there."
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