Defending champs open as No. 1 teams in girls soccer's preseason polls

Columbine was all smiles as it walked off the field at Englewood High School on Saturday after taking a 2-0 victory over Mountain Vista in the Class 5A girls soccer state semifinal. (Dennis Pleuss)

Columbine opens the year as the No. 1 team in Class 5A girls soccer. (Dennis Pleuss)

Defending champions are on top of three of CHSAANow.com's four preseason girls soccer rankings. The fourth? Well, it's a new classification this season.

Columbine (5A), Cheyenne Mountain (4A) and Colorado Academy (3A) are all coming off of titles last season, and all opened the year at No. 1 when the poll was released on Monday.

Front Range Christian leads the first-ever 2A poll. The Falcons made the 3A state tournament field last season.

In 5A, Columbine got four of the 10 first-place votes to edge No. 2 Mountain Vista. Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon (No. 3) and Pine Creek (No. 5) each received two first-place votes.

Ralston Valley, last year's runner-up, is No. 4 in 5A's preseason poll.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

CHSAANow.com Girls Soccer Polls

Voted upon by coaches and select media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Columbine (4) 0-0-0 92
2 Mountain Vista (2) 0-0-0 84
3 Rock Canyon (2) 0-0-0 64
4 Ralston Valley 0-0-0 60
5 Pine Creek (2) 0-0-0 58
6 Fossil Ridge 0-0-0 47
7 Cherry Creek 0-0-0 44
8 Fort Collins 0-0-0 32
9 Arapahoe 0-0-0 30
10 Smoky Hill 0-0-0 18
Others receiving votes:
Broomfield 16, ThunderRidge 13, Doherty 12, Fairview 12, Liberty 7, Legacy 6, Denver East 3, Grandview 3, Cherokee Trail 2, Legend 2.

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Cheyenne Mountain (10) 0-0-0 100
2 Green Mountain 0-0-0 63
3 Lewis-Palmer 0-0-0 56
4 Sand Creek 0-0-0 47
5 Niwot 0-0-0 44
6 Evergreen 0-0-0 39
7 Battle Mountain 0-0-0 38
8 Valor Christian 0-0-0 29
9 Air Academy 0-0-0 20
10 Palmer Ridge 0-0-0 19
Others receiving votes:
Wheat Ridge 18, Montrose 10, Ponderosa 8, Silver Creek 8, Longmont 6, Centaurus 5, D'Evelyn 5, The Classical Academy 5, Glenwood Springs 4, Pueblo Centennial 4, Discovery Canyon 3, Mullen 3, Thompson Valley 2, Standley Lake 1, Steamboat Springs 1, Weld Central 1.

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Colorado Academy (9) 0-0-0 99
2 Kent Denver 0-0-0 77
3 Jefferson Academy 0-0-0 70
4 St. Mary's 0-0-0 62
5 The Academy 0-0-0 53
6 Coal Ridge (1) 0-0-0 48
7 Frontier Academy 0-0-0 39
8 Manitou Springs 0-0-0 22
9 Liberty Common 0-0-0 20
10 Sterling 0-0-0 19
Others receiving votes:
Faith Christian 9, Denver Science & Tech - Stapleton 7, Grand Valley 7, Fountain Valley 6, SkyView Academy 5, Machebeuf 2, Roaring Fork 2, Alamosa 1, St. Mary's Academy 1.

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Front Range Christian (7) 0-0-0 35
2 Denver Christian 0-0-0 23
3 Dawson School 0-0-0 16
4 Cornerstone Christian 0-0-0 12
5 Evangelical Christian 0-0-0 7
Others receiving votes:
Telluride 5, Resurrection Christian 4, Vail Mountain 3.