AURORA | Rangeview’s undefeated boys soccer season continued on Tuesday with little fanfare, at least within the team.
Coach Vic Strouse’s even-keeled Raiders extended their perfect record to 14-0 with a 3-0 victory over district rival Hinkley at Aurora Public Schools Stadium, posting a win that gave them undisputed the undisputed East Metro Athletic Conference championship.
Senior Troy Hudson scored two goals five minutes apart in the second half to break a scoreless tie and Fernando Chavez last touched a Hinkley own goal inside of two minutes to make it a three-goal victory for the Class 5A top-ranked Raiders, who won by the same margin last season.
Rangeview improved to 8-0 in the EMAC with just one game remaining against Prairie View on Thursday. With a perfect finish, the Raiders have a chance to be seeded No. 1 overall in the upcoming 5A state playoffs.
Hinkley had a chance to grab at least a share of the conference title with a victory, but coach Kevin Daly’s T-Birds suffered their third straight loss to finish the regular season 8-6-1 and 7-2 in league.
Both teams had their chances to get on the scoreboard first in the opening half — including Hinkley’s David Canales blasting a wide open shot high in the 38th minute — but neither could do so until 11 minutes into the second half.
Rangeview got an opportunity to score in the 50th minute when Hinkley defender Fernando Chavez took down Rangeview’s Jose Martinez directly in front of the goal, resulting in a penalty kick. Alex Amador took the PK for the Raiders, but was denied by T-Birds goalkeeper Cruz Lopez Hernandez, who dove low and to his left to stop the shot.
Just 47 seconds later, Amador redeemed himself when he streaked into the goal box and earned another PK chance when he got taken down. Hudson took that attempt and put a shot high past Hernandez for a 1-0 Rangeview lead.
A bit of individual brilliance created the Raiders’ second goal, as Hudson burst up the middle of the field, drove straight at Hinkley defender Ezequiel Lopez, spun around him and snuck a low shot inside the near post.
Rangeview’s last goal came when Chavez — who just missed scoring a few minutes earlier when his shot spun just outside the post — struck a ball deep into the T-Birds end that deflected off the leg of defender Bronson Le and ricocheted into the Hinkley net.
(1) RANGEVIEW 3, HINKLEY 0
Score by halves:
Hinkley 0 0 — 0
Rangeview 0 3 — 3
Rangeview — Troy Hudson (penalty kick), 51st minute
Rangeview — Hudson, 56th minute
Rangeview — Fernando Chavez (Hinkley own goal), 78th minute