After a sucessful regular season, the Lake County High School boys soccer team is advancing to the state tournament for the first time in close to a decade, according to Lake County School District Althletic Director Brett Hanger.

The Panthers, who completed the season with only three losses out of 15 games and are currently ranked third in the Frontier League, will compete on Friday, Oct. 29 in the first round of the tournament against Denver Christian High School.

The game, which will take place in Aurora at the Lotus School for Excellence, promises a tight match, as both teams are similarly ranked. Denver Christian High School is ranked just three positions behind the Panthers, who sit at seventh in the tournament bracket and have an overall record of 10-5 this season.

Should Lake County win on Friday, the team will advance to the second round of play against either the Lotus School for Excellence or the Colorado Springs School, who compete this Friday as well. Second round game dates have not yet been set.

The Panthers’ head coach Erik Rodriguez could not be reached before the Herald’s print deadline to discuss his team’s upcoming match.

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