A day later, Windsor Wizards finish off Palisade in 4A girls soccer playoff game
May 13, 2014
Just for kicks
» Best individual performance: Windsor junior forward Bailey Zehr deserves the nod for scoring 5 minutes into the game and giving the Wizards some early confidence.
» Turning point: After Kelsey Steffens’ goal 10 minutes in, Windsor had all the momentum with a 2-0 lead, which proved instrumental as neither team was able to get into much of a rhythm the rest of the way because of a pair of lightning delays, ultimately resulting in the game being suspended Wednesday.
» What it means: Windsor, seeded 15th, will take its 14-2 record and nine-match win streak into a quarterfinals match on the road against No. 2 Broomfield (13-1-1), which was won a dozen games in a row.
The Windsor girls soccer team fell in th second round of the 2014 CHSAA Girls Soccer State Championships 4A Tournament on Saturday, losing 6-0 to Broomfield.
The Wizards earned a 2-1 victory over Palisade in the first round, a matchup that was suspended with 33 minutes left because of persistent lightning Wednesday night.
Windsor senior forward Kelsey Steffens — who scored the second of two goals Wednesday night before the lightning wreaked havoc — admitted that coming out Thursday to play the final 33 minutes of a game that began more than 15 hours earlier was a bit "weird."
With the Wizards playing most of their weekday games at 7 p.m. this season, Steffens said it was a bit out of routine missing a big chunk of school to play soccer midday.
"I've had to leave (school) for club games, but I guess I'll get used to it for college," said Steffens, who will play for Fort Hays State University in Kansas next school year.
With the win, the 15th-seeded Wizards (14-2) move on to face No. 2 Broomfield (13-1-1) in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Saturday in Broomfield.
Steffens paved the way for the win and put the Bulldogs (11-5) on their heels by scoring in the 10th minute, unassisted, to put Windsor up 2-0 before a pair of lightning delays kept either team from getting into a rhythm.
Junior forward Bailey Zehr put the Wizards on the board moments earlier, using an assist from sophomore goalkeeper Madie Slocomb to find the back of net just 5 minutes into the game.
A day later, Zehr was an early riser in a completely different sense.
Zehr took part in three school periods before heading out to the soccer field.
She was awake bright and early for a zero-hour choir class at 7 a.m., before soaking in some Advanced English during second period. Then, she took in the first part of another choir class — one of her three choir classes — during second period before completely altering her mindset for the waning moments of Windsor's soccer game.
"It was weird knowing (other students) still had school, and we're out here warming up and everything," Zehr said. "I've had weird experiences with lightning and late game hours but I've never had the same game two days in a row. It was totally weird."
Zehr's choir class spent Thursday singing at local nursing homes. So, she said she was "kind of sad" that she missed out.
However, a couple hours after being dismissed early from choir, Zehr was singing a different tune altogether, knowing she and her Wizards teammates were moving on in the playoffs.
"Yeah, I'm excited," she said. "I know if we just work together, we can totally do it. So, I think that we'll totally be fine as long as we come out and have that momentum like we did in the first half (against Palisade)."
The Bulldogs matched Windsor shot for shot when the game resumed Thursday, cutting the deficit in half with a long through ball that led to a breakaway goal by Audrey Rose Kachin with 14:49 left.
The Wizards never let Palisade get any closer.