Broomfield midfielder Reagan Kotschau is already one of the most decorated players in the state. And this spring, she’s leading a senior class that is “one of the most talented” in the Eagles’ program history, according to its 25-year coach Jim Davidson.

So, if there was any question on where Broomfield stood coming into this spring season, it’s squarely upright. Nothing short of a contender looking to win its third girls soccer title in history.

For our first look at girls soccer, let’s run down who the coaches believed are the strongest programs in each classification coming into this week, according to the CHSAA coaches poll.

Class 5A

No. 2 Broomfield: The Eagles (3-0), with three shutout wins to start the year, are coming off another successful year, where they won the Front Range League and finished runner-up to Grandview in the class.

If there’s hope they can take it another step this spring, it’ll be at least in part to their star, Kotschau. The Washington State commit is a two-time first-team, all-state player and an All-American who won the United Soccer Coaches’ Colorado player of the year.

Junior Charlotte Hansen has four goals to start the year, while Kotschau has two goals and an assist from the midfield.

Broomfield last won a state title in 2021.

Since 2004, it has reached the final game eight times.

No. 1 Valor Christian: It’s early, but the Valor empire made a statement in a 4-0 win over defending champ Grandview back on March 9.

Senior Addison White scored a hat trick in the win over the Wolves and the Eagles followed it up with a 3-0 win over Fort Collins Tuesday.

Last year, Valor Christian lost to Grandview in the semifinals.

In a projected No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup, it hosts Broomfield on April 8.

Class 4A

No. 2 Air Academy: The Kadets were a 24 seed that really didn’t look like a 24 seed in last year’s postseason. They eventually fell to runner-up Windsor in the quarterfinals.

This year, they’re 3-1, highlighted by a 2-1 win over defending champ Northfield Thursday. Alexis Byrd had one of her three goals on the year in the win.

Air Academy, which lost its top four scorers from a year ago, and 37 of its 42 total goals scored, last won a state title in 2012.

No. 1 Lutheran: The Lions, off a semifinals loss in 3A last year, did enough in the first few weeks to take over the classification’s top spot.

That’ll change.

The Lions beat Wheat Ridge, Ponderosa and Chaparral by multiple goals before falling to unranked Green Mountain 2-1 Tuesday.

Freshman Nadia Bochynski has led the way for the Lions with three goals and five assists this season.

Class 3A

No. 2 Kent Denver: The Sun Devils outscored teams 34-0 in the playoffs last year en route to their seventh state title in program history.

This year, they look much different.

Izzy Newton, the 3A player of the year, graduated after scoring 39 goals last spring. As did fellow 30-goal scorer Maria Romo-Nichols, who finished with 34.

This year, senior Megan Ho has two goals as the Sun Devils have won two of their first three games.

No. 1 Jefferson Academy: The Jaguars lost to Kent Denver in the state finals last season, though they appear to bring back more experience than them.

JA returns its top five goal scorers in Gianna Gagliano (19 goals), Allie Jo Kirkpatrick (16), Kate Runyon (14), Elsa Nygren (seven) Sarah Welsch (seven). Runyon is headed to the University of Tennessee next year.

And so far, the Jags have scored 18 goals in its first two games, beating Pomona 8-0 and Middle Park 10-0.

Class 2A

No. 2 Denver Christian: The Thunder (2-0) have had double-digit wins in every season dating back to 2017, winning their last of five state titles in 2019.

Last year, they were the No. 1 seed before getting knocked out by eventual champ Dawson in the semifinals.

Senior Nerea Genc has four goals in their first two games this year. Sydney Fitzgerald, Makenna Duntsch and Kaley Ruth each have three.

No. 1 Dawson: The Mustangs won their third state title in program history under first-year coach John Welsch a season ago.

And, at first glance, they look stacked with talent once again.

Junior Lauren Muniz returns to the field after she missed last year with a torn ACL. She had 21 goals as a freshman and already has five goals and two assists in three games this spring.

They also brought back Kanoe Bihag, who had 35 goals during their title run. She has four goals and an assist this season.