Colorado Springs school forfeits girls' high school soccer playoff due to testing

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Colorado Springs School had to forfeit its playoff game Tuesday because a number of players would be taking Advanced Placement tests.

With a 12-player roster, CSS was already low on numbers. Five of the players were schedule for AP tests.

The No. 11 Kodiaks were slated to play at No. 6 Telluride, which is approximately a six-hour drive from Colorado Springs.

CSS attempted to play the game with Telluride at a neutral site that was closer, but the host school refused, coach Jordan Zand said. He added that athletic director Rick Risk asked the Colorado High School Activities Association if it could change the date. But that request was denied.

“The school itself is a college prep,” Zand said. “So the goal is to prioritize their schooling. But they were pretty bummed because our goal was to make it to playoffs. If they had to pick one or the other they had to focus on their studies.”

It hurt even more because CSS crammed all 14 of its games into April because of a study abroad program in March that sent the players overseas, Zand said.

With only 12 players, many of the athletes played complete, 80-minute games.

“We had four games a week,” Zand said. “The girls’ worked their butts off the entire time trying to get to this point.”

It was the fourth consecutive season CSS had reached the postseason.