ENGLEWOOD | It was the same venue and a similar result as a year earlier, but the Regis Jesuit field hockey team walked off the field at Colorado Academy with heads held high Wednesday.
The Raiders lost to the Mustangs in the opening round of the state playoffs for the second straight season with a 3-0 defeat — after a 4-0 loss in 2011 — but there was a much different feeling to this one.
In its third varsity season, coach Spencer Wagner’s Regis Jesuit team felt it belonged and played well against top-seeded Colorado Academy, which got a pair of goals from Henley Hall in the first half and another in the closing minutes by Rachel Weeks.
The No. 8 Raiders lost to the Mustangs 7-1 earlier in the season, but it was a decidedly different result in the rematch. Regis Jesuit was shut out for just the fourth time all season and finished 4-9-3 overall.
Colorado Academy — which lost to Kent Denver in last season’s state championship game — advances to the Oct. 24 semifinals, where it will face off against either No. 4 Cherry Creek or No. 5 Mountain Vista. The Bruins and Eagles play their first round contest on Saturday.
The Mustangs have made at least the semifinals for the past three seasons.
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(1) COLORADO ACADEMY 3, (8) REGIS JESUIT 0
Score by halves:
Regis Jesuit 0 0 — 0
Colo. Academy 2 0 — 3
First half: Colorado Academy — Henley Hall (Ali Clark), 19:36; Colorado Academy — Hall (Sterre Van Ede), 6:59
Second half: Colorado Academy — Rachel Weeks, 3:08