GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Even after three halves and two overtime periods of scoreless soccer against Rocky Mountain, Tari Wood and the Grandview girls soccer team knew how enormous just a single goal could be Wednesday.
The Wolves and Lobos played to a scoreless draw after two overtimes in the regular season and went the first 40 minutes of their rematch in a Class 5A state quarterfinal contest at Stutler Bowl in a 0-0 tie.
Grandview junior Kacy Johnston ended the goal-less drought early in the second half with a pretty shot past Rocky Mountain star keeper Gabriella McDonald the floodgates absolutely opened from there, as the Wolves believed they would
Senior Natalie Beckman followed shortly with another goal and Sarah Schlichting, Morgan Szarka and Lauren Juul also scored and top-seeded Grandview rolled to a 5-0 victory over eighth-seeded Rocky Mountain. The Lobos had allowed just four goals total in
The Wolves moved into the semifinals for a fourth straight season and will see a familiar foe in Mountain Vista, which ended Grandview’s bid for a 5A 3-peat last season with a semifinal win on penalty kicks. The Wolves and Golden Eagles — who downed No. 29 Regis Jesuit 3-1 — play at 11 a.m. Saturday at EchoPark Stadium in Parker.
Grandview and Mountain Vista have been semifinal teams in three straight seasons, as has Broomfield. The second-seeded Eagles trailed No. 7 Columbine early before they rallied to win 2-1 in overtime. No. 3 Rock Canyon earned a semifinal spot with a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded Cherokee Trail.
With the Raiders and Cougars knocked out, Grandview remains Aurora’s only team still alive in the postseason.
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(1) GRANDVIEW 5, (8) ROCKY MOUNTAIN 0
Score by halves:
Rocky Mtn. 0 0 — 0
Grandview 0 5 — 5
Grandview goals: Kacy Johnston (GWG), Natalie Beckman, Sarah Schlichting, Morgan Szarka, Lauren Juul. Grandview assists: Tori Parker, Szarka. Grandview saves: Reagan McCombs (2 shots on goal-2 saves), Madi Livingston (1 shot on goal-1 save)