Boys Soccer: Aurora’s EMAC teams on the rise




Forward Jose Bucio (9) is one of several impact freshmen for the Aurora Central boys soccer team in 2017. Trojans coach Ramiro Loera hopes a difficult non-league schedule will pay off for the team’s large contingent of young players. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)



As conferences go, there may be none more overlooked than the EMAC.

With a few exceptions in sports such as boys basketball, the league that formed in 2010 has taken a backseat in many minds to power conferences such as the Centennial and Continental leagues.

EMAC boys soccer — at least the Aurora teams in it — is putting itself in plain sight in 2017, as all five squads (5A Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley, Rangeview and 4A Vista PEAK) sit over .500 in the midst of strong non-conference schedules.

“I think we’re definitely gaining more respect and recognition in the state as a league,” Aurora Central coach Ramiro Loera said. “Hopefully we can get four teams in the playoffs this season.”

Four teams would make the postseason according to the first set of RPI data — which is used to determine the postseason field — released by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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