AURORA | Fewer endings could be more agonizing than the one the Regis Jesuit girls soccer team suffered Friday in a Class 5A second round playoff game.

In a game in which they led for much of the way, the sixth-seeded Raiders helplessly watched Columbine strike Tessa Barton complete a hat track with a penalty kick goal that eliminated them from the postseason with a 3-2 defeat.

Barton scored her second goal of the game with just over 16 minutes left in regulation to tie it up and then send the 11th-seeded Rebels through to the 5A quarterfinals after the referee deemed a foul required a penalty kick. Regis Jesuit goalkeeper Hannah Cosgrove guessed the right way, but couldn’t stop Barton’s pinpoint shot into the lower corner of the net.

Senior Molly Reich and freshman Anna Lantz scored goals in the opening half for coach Will Cropper’s Raiders, who finished the season 11-3-2.

Columbine advanced to a quarterfinal matchup against 14th-seeded Ralston Valley, which pulled of an upset of its own with a 1-0 road victory at No. 3 Fruita Monument.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports


Score by halves:

Columbine   1  1  1 — 3

Regis Jesuit  2  0  0 — 2

Columbine goals: Tessa Barton 3. Regis Jesuit goals: Anna Lantz, Molly Reich


Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...