Fast starts are always good for a team in any sport.
Cherry Creek’s girls soccer team stunned Arapahoe and many in the crowd at the Stutler Bowl June 18 by scoring three goals in the first 3:48 of the game and went on to notch a 5-2 victory over the Warriors in a quarterfinal state playoff game.
The Bruins (11-1) faced second-seeded Broomfield (11-0-1) in one of the semifinal games on June 23 at Englewood High School while top-seeded Valor Christian (11-0-1) battled Rock Canyon (11-1)in the other semi.
It didn’t take Creek long to start its scoring as Kelley Francis pushed a header into the goal just 53 seconds into the game. Alyssa Glover scored for Creek a minute, 35 seconds later and Masen Frey pushed the Bruins ahead 3-0 with 36:12 still to play in the first half.
Addie Follett and Francis’ second goal of the game gave Creek a 5-1 halftime lead and Arapahoe’s Paige Foa scored the lone goal in the second half to account for the final score as the Bruins beat their Centennial League rivals for the third time this season.
Francis had two goals and an assist in the game while Follett added three assists to her one goal for five points.
“We just came out with so much intensity that Arapahoe just did not come back from and that’s what set us apart was those three goals,” said Francis. “We all knew if was going to be a different game because it was a playoff game. We played them three times and beat them twice before but coming out like that took away all the nerves.”
Creek head coach Dave Gamelin was concerned having to play Arapahoe for a third time.
“I was so worried about this game,” he admitted. “They adjusted to us and I know they know us but we have a strong team this year and I couldn’t be prouder of the girls and the way they handled this game and everyone that got on the field performed.
“That start just doesn’t happen. We have the skills and came out on fire. You also have to have a little bit of luck to finish every single one of your chances. That was fantastic. That Arapahoe team is a strong team.”
Arapahoe finished the season with a 9-3 record with all the losses coming to Creek.
“This game is about limiting the space and taking advantage of the opponents in space,” said Arapahoe coach Mark Hampshire. “I give Creek credit. Their offense is the best offense we’ve seen all year.
“They have some incredible talented young ladies up high in their front line but I think we matched up better than the score indicated. We didn’t give them anything in the second half, and we had some good offensive opportunities. We only have five seniors and we have a lot returning. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with next year.”
In other quarterfinal games on June 18, Lydia Trotten scored both Valor goals in a 2-1 victory over Rocky Mountain. Rock Canyon shutout Pine Creek, 2-0, as Kendall Ahern and Cate Sheahan scored for the Jaguars. Lily Boydstun got the Mountain Vista goal in a 2-1 loss to Broomfield.
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