AURORA | The Gateway boys soccer team couldn’t have had a more satisfying result than the one it came away with Oct. 6.
The Olys dealt rival Rangeview its first EMAC loss since 2014 with a 2-1 double overtime victory at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.
Senior defender Joey Patterson netted the golden goal in the second overtime to give coach Olaf Siverson’s Gateway team its first win over the Raiders since the 2011 season.
Senior Saul Aguilar gave the Olys (7-3-3 overall, 3-2-3 in EMAC) a lead in the second half before they allowed the tying score and senior goalkeeper Erick Torres saved a Rangeview penalty kick chance in overtime to keep Gateway’s chances alive.
Patterson second goal of the season — and first since Aug. 28 against Cherokee Trail — gave the Olys their first victory over the Raiders since a 2-0 win on Oct. 18, 2011.
Junior striker Wally Solanke netted the tying goal in the second half for Rangeview (8-3-1, 5-1-1) on an assist from senior midfielder Luis Cervantes.
Coach Vic Strouse’s Raiders hadn’t lost a league contest since a defeat to Westminster on Oct. 9, 2014. In between, Rangeview went 21-0-5 in league play.
The Raiders fell a game out of the EMAC lead, which is now held by Aurora Central and Hinkley. Rangeview needs help if it hopes to win a fifth consecutive league championship.
With the Trojans, Thunderbirds and Raiders all virtually guaranteed automatic berths in the Class 5A state playoffs, Gateway got a big win as it is in a battle with a couple of other teams for the fourth qualifying spot.
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GATEWAY 2, RANGEVIEW 1 (2OT)
Score by halves:
Rangeview 0 1 0 0 — 1
Gateway 0 1 0 1 — 2
Gateway — Saul Aguilar
Rangeview — Wally Solanke
Gateway — Joey Patterson.
Rangeview saves: Francisco Avila (7 shots on goal-5 saves). Gateway saves: Erick Torres (12 shots on goal-11 saves)