Columbine finishes 2014 ranked 12th nationally

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By Michael Hicks

The Columbine Lady Rebels, on the heels of winning the school’s first 5A state girls soccer championship, finished the 2014 season ranked 12th nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The Lady Rebels were one of four Colorado schools to make the final top-20 national rankings. Cheyenne Mountain (18-0-2), which repeated as the 4A state champion, was ranked fifth; Mountain Vista (15-2-2), which lost to Columbine in the state semifinals, was ranked 16th; and Broomfield (16-2-1), the 4A state runner-up, was ranked 20th. Columbine was ranked second, behind Cheyenne Mountain, in the final Region V rankings.

Columbine (17-3), behind second-half goals from Kelcey Cavarra, Amanda Porter and Tatum Barton, defeated Jeffco rival Ralston Valley 3-1 in the state championship game May 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.