Rampart 4, Liberty 3
At D20 Stadium: Jack McReynolds and Simagegn Collins scored 23 seconds apart midway through the second half to help Rampart (10-4, 5-0 5A CSML) beat Liberty (8-4-1, 3-1) and put the Rams on the verge of their first league title since 1993.
David Glazener made seven saves for the Rams, who can close out the season with a perfect league mark Thursday by knocking off Coronado at Garry Berry Stadium.
“It’s been a good, history-making year for us,” fifth-year Rams coach Karl Anderson said. “I’m proud of these guys. It’s fun being able to sit back and think about the road to get to this point.”
Caleb Norwood scored twice for Liberty, including a header to the far post off a corner kick that put the Lancers ahead 1-0 not quite seven minutes into the game.
The teams traded goals to forge a 2-2 stalemate at halftime.
Afeworki Zeru tied it five minutes later, then Brandon Shaughnessy put the Lancers in front again with 11:45 remaining before Dillon O’Neal scored for Rampart with two minutes left in the half.
Norwood scored with 7:48 left in regulation to get Liberty to within one.
Earlier this season, Rampart beat Pine Creek for the first time since 2007.
“With the strength we had coming back, I had us pegged for first or second in the 5A Metro,” Anderson said. “We had to work and get our mental state right each and every game. We’re trying to establish a new culture in this program, and we think we’re doing that.”
Cheyenne Mountain 2, Discovery Canyon 0
At D20 Stadium: Dylan Baeck broke a scoreless tie early in the second half on a sprint through the back line, and Evan McConnell gave Cheyenne Mountain (8-4-2, 4-1-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak) some breathing room on a header with 20 minutes left as the Indians pulled away from Discovery Canyon (8-6-1, 3-4).
Both goal scorers also had assists, and Will Thompson had four saves for Cheyenne Mountain, which rebounded from a 5-1 loss to Air Academy on Oct. 12 that ended a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2).
Fowler 3, Fountain Valley 0
At Fountain Valley: Fowler (13-4), in the midst of a run at the 2A District 6 title went out of league and overpowered Fountain Valley (9-6) by scores of 25-20, 25-8 and 25-18.
The Grizzlies, 10-3 in league play, are one-half game behind rival Swink (10-2) and a full game behind Hoehne (11-2) headed into the final week of the regular season.
The Danes have dropped three straight following a six-game winning streak.
Discovery Canyon lands program’s highest state seed
Fresh off its double-shutout weekend in claiming the region softball title at home, Discovery Canyon earned the No. 3 seed at this weekend’s 16-team 4A state softball tournament, the program’s highest ranking in its eight appearances at the event.
The Thunder (16-4-1) will meet 14th-seeded Wheat Ridge (11-11), a six-time state champion, at 12:15 p.m. Friday at Aurora Sports Park, Complex B.
In 2014, Discovery Canyon took a 19-2 record into the state tournament and landed a No. 5 seed. Incidentally, Wheat Ridge ended the Thunder’s season with a 10-9 decision in the quarterfinals.
Air Academy (14-8), which qualified out of the Golden-based regional as the runner-up, drew a No. 12 seed and plays No. 5 Pueblo Central (17-4) at 10 a.m. Friday. Last year, the Kadets made a run to the semifinals after winning twice on the opening day but fell to top-seeded Erie.
In the 3A tournament, No. 11 St. Mary’s (15-6) will make its return after an 11-year absence when the Pirates meet No. 6 La Junta (13-7) at 12:15 p.m. Friday in Complex A. The Tri-Peaks League rivals have split the past four meetings.