Wolverines make girls soccer history

Bayfield hosts first-ever playoff girls soccer game

Bayfield head coach Jen Zelinski and the Wolverines will host a soccer playoff game for the first time in school history. The Wolverines (14-0-1) will play Buena Vista (8-3-0) on Wednesday at Wolverine Country Stadium. Enlarge photo

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Bayfield head coach Jen Zelinski and the Wolverines will host a soccer playoff game for the first time in school history. The Wolverines (14-0-1) will play Buena Vista (8-3-0) on Wednesday at Wolverine Country Stadium.

The undefeated Bayfield High School girls soccer team added another first Sunday.

The Wolverines were seeded No. 9 in the CHSAA Class 3A Soccer Championships, and they will host a first-round playoff game for the first time in school history.

“Absolutely ... we are very excited,” Bayfield head coach Jen Zelinski said. “I definitely think it’s realistic to be there (seeded No. 9).”

The Wolverines (14-0-1) will host No. 24 Buena Vista (8-3-0) at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wolverine Country Stadium.

“I was hoping for the top 10, so we’re happy at (No. 9),” said Zelinski, who’s led the Wolverines into the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.

“I think it will have a huge impact playing at home, not traveling and playing the same day,” she said, adding that the Wolverines are expecting a tough match against Buena Vista.

The winner of the Bayfield-Buena Vista match will match up with the winner of No. 25 Basalt (7-6-2) and No. 8 Colorado Academy (9-4-2) in the second round.

Telluride, the only team to tie Bayfield this year, was seeded No. 20 with its 11-2-2 record. The Miners will play at No. 13 Coal Ridge (11-2-3) in Silt/New Castle.

Holy Family (13-2-0) is the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. Faith Christian (12-2-1) is No. 2.

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