Local teams solidifying playoff spots

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By Anthony Arroyo

COMMERCE CITY — This week is the last week of the regular season for soccer, and local teams are trying to solidify their placement for post-season action.

    For Brighton and Prairie View high schools, each team is looking to keep themselves as one of the Top three teams in the EMAC, while Adams City locked a playoff berth with a victory Thursday against the Bulldogs. The top five teams in the league qualify for the playoffs.
    “My coaching staff and I are extremely proud of all of our players,” ACHS head coach Elizabeth Westcott said. “With that win we ensured ourselves a place in the playoffs.”
    Adams City faced two of the better teams in the conference in Rangeview and Brighton last week. The Lady Eagles traveled to Rangeview and lost 8-0, despite 13 saves by goalkeeper Sonia DeLuna. ACHS appeared to be outmatched, as the Lady Raiders outshot their opponent 26-4.
    Putting that game aside, the Lady Eagles bounced back in a big way with a 6-2 win over Brighton. The home win improved their record to 8-5-0 overall, 6-4-0 in league and 5-0-0 at home.
    “(This) game was quite amazing,” Westcott said. “We were delayed for an hour due to storms. Once the game got started we immediately took control of it. In the second half, we completely shut down Brighton.”
    The Bulldogs, who stand at 8-4-1 overall and 6-4-0 in league play entering this week’s schedule, struck first with one quick breakaway goal by Payton Bonino in the 11th minute. Adams City wasted no time, as in minutes, the team scored twice behind a pair of goals from junior Estefany Garcia for the 2-1 lead. The Lady Bulldogs’ Ashley Contreras tied the score.  But with a second left in the half, senior Sophia Deaguero scored to give her team a 3-2 lead at the half.
    ACHS scored three more in the second half on goals from senior Nadia Rodriguez, junior Lariza DeLaRosa and Deaguero to pull away.
    “We were in a position where some injuries that we suffered in the game forced us to readjust our defensive strategy,” BHS head coach Gonzalo Godinas said. “Some of those players know me from when I was the assistant coach for the Adams City boys team, and with that, they showed more ambition to try to beat us. They played their game.”
    With the win, Adams City sits in the fifth spot of the conference with one game to play. The Eagles can move up to the fourth spot if they win and Brighton loses its two games this week.
    ACHS plays one-win Westminster at home Tuesday. Brighton hosts Thornton Tuesday and will travel to rival Prairie View Thursday to complete the regular season.
    Playoff pairings are due out Sunday afternoon. Check www.commercecitysentinelexpress.com for updates.

Contact Anthony Arroyo at sports@metrowestnewspapers.com.