5A boys and girls soccer title games set for Wednesday at Eagle High

STATESMAN STAFFOctober 16, 2013 

Girls championship

Timberline vs. Rocky Mtn., 5 p.m.

Timberline (12-2-2) is the defending district champion, but entered this year’s tournament as the No. 5 seed.

Rocky Mountain (14-1-2) has never won a district title and missed out on state last year after winning it all in 2011.

Both teams have already wrapped up state berths with their semifinal wins Monday, but Wednesday’s game will determine seeding.

Since the mid-1990s, coaches say no 5A District Three girls champion has gone on to win a state title in the same season.

That fact doesn’t seem to bother either of this year’s coaches.

“It would be nice to win the district championship, there’s no doubt about it,” Rocky Mountain coach Donal Kaehler said.

Said Timberline coach Ross Schultz, “I don’t ever go into any game not wanting to win it, and that’s not the way I am going to coach. I don’t believe in any of that stuff.”

Rocky Mountain and Timberline have met once this season, playing to a 2-2 tie Sept. 17.

Boys championship

Centennial vs. Boise, 7 p.m.

Centennial hasn’t had the best of luck in its past two games against defending district champion Boise.

The Patriots lost 2-0 to the Braves in the first round of the 2012 state tournament, and Boise went on to finish second while Centennial claimed the consolation championship.

In their lone regular-season meeting Sept. 16, Boise won 3-1. Centennial (15-1-0) ended up with the district’s No. 1 seed, however, after the Braves (14-1-2) lost to Mountain View and tied Capital and Eagle.

Centennial coach Brian Gillenwater, whose team accumulated 68 goals during the regular season, hopes the third time is the charm.

“We know it’s going to be a tough match,” Gillenwater said. “It always is between both of these teams.”

Boise, which has 16 seniors on its roster, finished the regular season with 73 goals and only eight against. Coach Mike Darrow, who is in his 13th season, believes the recent adversity refocused his team.

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