Coach proud of Grandview soccer team’s season

Season-ending game was a battle of defenses, coach notes


Grandview boys soccer coach Brian Wood was obviously frustrated to watch the season end.

However, he wasn’t disappointed with his team.

Cherry Creek, the 16thand final seed in the Colorado boys soccer tournament, notched a 2-0 win over the fourth-seeded Wolves in a semifinal contest on April 28 at Englewood High School.

Grandview ended the COVID-shortened season with an 11-2 record and Cherry Creek handed the Wolves both its losses. The Bruins also downed the Wolves, 3-1, on March 23.

“It was a fantastic season,” said Wood. “I’m proud of these guys. They worked real hard. Our success was because of the work they put in, not just during the season but before the season too. There was not part of the (Cherry Creek) game that I was disappointed in them.

“We were league champions (Centennial) and won the league tournament. I’m disappointed we didn’t continue on but I’m not disappointed with the season.”

Cherry Creek, which advanced to play Fairview in the state championship game, scored in the 22ndminute when Carsten Jones booted a high free kick from 30 yards away on the left side of the pitch which landed high in the top right corner of the goal.

“That first goal was huge,” added Wood. “In this game we knew the first goal was probably going to be the difference in the game because both teams defend real well and once they got one it was really hard to break them down.”

Macklin Riley pushed Creek ahead 2-0 on a goal that was deflected into the net with 30 minutes gone in the first half and then the Bruins’ defense staved off a flurry ofGrandviewpressure in the second half.

“We played a little tentative in the beginning and I tried to loosen them up before the game but they were still a little tentative,” said Wood. “That hurt us but Cherry Creek did a great job.”

Bruins coach Wilmer Barrera also said the first goal was a key to the outcome and praised the defense played by his team.

“From the beginning I had a mindset that defense wins championships,” said Barrera. “We had to fight until the end. Nobody thought we could go too far but I personally believe in this team. The first goal was the key. We knew that if we scored first that we were going to have the mindset that we are here.”


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