David Ramsey: TCA defies its weird, wrong girls' soccer seeding and beats Cheyenne Mountain

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Photo - The Classical Academy’s, Ashlie MacFarlane (15),  juggles the ball in between Indian’s, Caroline McCleary (22) and Sophia McConnell (10), as the Titans claim a 1-0 win against Cheyenne Mountain Wednesday May 9, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney.
The Classical Academy’s, Ashlie MacFarlane (15), juggles the ball in between Indian’s, Caroline McCleary (22) and Sophia McConnell (10), as the Titans claim a 1-0 win against Cheyenne Mountain Wednesday May 9, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

The Classical Academy girls' soccer team is 56-7-4 since 2014, including a 12-2-2 record this season. The Titans outscored opponents 79-0 from April 5 to May 1.

And TCA is the No. 18 seed in the Colorado 4A state tournament?

Um, what?

On Wednesday evening, TCA played superbly, defying its weird, computer-produced seeding, and rolled to a convincing 1-0 win over No. 15 Cheyenne Mountain in the opening round of the state tournament.

The victory underlines the absurdity of the No. 18 seed, which isn’t fair or accurate or sensible or defensible. Other than those problems, the seeding is fantastic.

TCA sophomore Trinity Harvey scored the game’s only goal. She, too, is baffled by how the state’s seeding computer operates.

“I agree with you,” Harvey said a few minutes after the victory. “We were all a little surprised at first. We thought we should have been more up there, but we’re working really hard with what we’ve got.”

With 22 minutes left in the first half, Harvey took an impressively accurate feed from Alison Smith and found herself alone with CM goalkeeper Bella Zanotelli. Harvey tried to beat Zanotelli to the far post, but the goalkeeper made a quick, impressive lunge and batted the ball away.

But the ball bounced off two CM defenders and trickled into the net.

Host Cheyenne Mountain (9-5-2) never seriously threatened. The Titans controlled the entire game in a vast transformation from CM’s 3-1 win in early April.

“They played very well,” CM coach Tomas Martinez said of TCA. “My hat is off to them, but for 70 minutes, we were just in mud. I don’t what our girls’ deal was. That’s not us. We were nervous. We were really tight.”

Martinez, like Harvey, was baffled when he saw the seedings. In many ways, Cheyenne Mountain was victimized more than TCA by the Titans' absurd seed. Cheyenne Mountain was forced to open the state tournament against a state power.

"RPI is so messed up, it’s not even funny,” Martinez said. “It’s a flawed system. Leave it in the computer’s hands?”

TCA coach Blake Galvin tried to be diplomatic. Yes, he was disappointed when he saw the seeding, but he was realistic enough not to be shocked.

“Um,” Galvin said, searching for the right words. “I’m trying to be polite. I’m not sure we’re an 18 seed. I think we should have been higher. The reality is, those are just numbers, and numbers don’t define us or anybody else.

“I don’t care for it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. We just have to go out and play.”

The coach speaks truth. He told his Titans to ignore the snub and play with extreme diligence.

They obeyed.