Boys soccer playoffs: Greeley Central loses in overtime; Northridge and Windsor also fall in state playoffs
October 27, 2016
Pueblo — Greeley Central made its dream season possible with defense. The Wildcats more than doubled their win total from last year and made their first playoff appearance since 2012 with a back end that didn't allow more than two goals in a game.
Then in 30 minutes in their first-round playoff game against Pueblo West, their defense failed them, and their dream season turned into a nightmare in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Central lost a two-goal, second-half lead, and lost the game in overtime 3-2.
Alejandro Salazar and Ruben Ramirez scored a goal each for the No. 21 Wildcats in a game in which all the scoring happened after halftime.
Salazar opened the scoring with a drive past Pueblo West keeper Steve Cline in the 58th minute. Ruben Ramirez followed just two minutes later to double Central's lead.
Landen Nau put No. 12 Pueblo West on the board in the 66th, but the Wildcats were still in position to earn the win until Evan Ward sneaked through their defense to tie the game in the 77th minute.
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In overtime, Central keeper Karlo Terrazas stopped the first four shots he faced. Then Pueblo West star Michael Peters, who scored 27 goals this year, took possession in the Wildcats' half in the waning seconds of the first overtime period.
Central coach Megan Rouse spoke before the game about the Wildcats' need to contain Peters and to take away his opportunities to get good shots.
They did until the first overtime was about to tick away. Then Peters got an opening, got off a shot and buried the golden goal.
Peters' shot ended Central's season at 4-3 4A Northern Conference, 10-6 overall.
Pueblo West will play Mullen in the second round Tuesday.
GCHS 0 2 (0) — 2
PWHS 0 2 (1) — 3
Scoring — GCHS, Alejandro Salazar 58th minute; GCHS, Ruben Ramirez 60th minute; PWHS, Landen Nau 66th minute; PWHS, Evan Ward 77th minute; PWHS, Michael Peters 96th minute
Shots — GCHS 7, PWHS 14.
Saves — GCHS (Karlo Terrazas) 11, PWHS (Steve Cline) 5.
Corner Kicks — GCHS 2, PWHS 8.
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Northridge 1: In Colorado Springs, Northridge fell to the top-seeded team in the 4A boys soccer playoffs.
The Grizzlies kept it close for a stretch — they gave up one goal in the first half, then tied it in the 45th minute — but Cheyenne Mountain is No. 1 in 4A for a reason.
Cheyenne Mountain put up two goals in the second half to pull away. Northridge's season ends at 5-2 4A Northern Conference, 7-8-1 overall.
NRHS 0 1 — 1
CMHS 1 2 — 3
The Classical Academy 6, Windsor 0: In Colorado Springs, the third-seeded Titans were too much for the 30th-seeded Wizards in the first round of the 4A playoffs.
Classical Academy (14-2) scored three goals in each half, moving on to a second round game against No. 14 Standley Lake (10-4-2) on Tuesday.
Windsor wraps up its season at 10-6 after winning eight straight matches — seven in the Tri-Valley Conference — to end the regular season.
Senior Jaden Borja had three goals and an assist for The Classical Academy.
The Titans had 32 shots, including 10 by senior Titus Grant, who converted on one goal.
WHS 0 0 — 0
TCA 3 3 — 6
TCA scoring — Jaden Borja 3 goals, 1 assist; Titus Grant 1 goal, 1 assist; Aaron Peck 1 goal; Jake Slater 1 goal; Jeremy Baldes 1 assist; Jonny Stephens 1 assist.