Coal Ridge girls hang tough, fall to Pirates, 4-0
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Although he didn’t get the result he sought, Coal Ridge girls soccer coach Brian Blair found out his Titans truly belonged among Class 3A’s elite.
Hanging with defending state champion St. Mary’s for a half, Coal Ridge made a game of Thursday’s state quarterfinal in Colorado Springs. But the Pirates’ quick-strike offense came alive to produce three second-half goals – and a 4-0 win.
“It was pretty balanced in the first half,” Blair said by phone Thursday night. “They actually scored in the last five minutes of the half and it was 1-0. I thought we were playing with them. We were getting our own opportunities.”
Blair’s Titans lost that momentum early in the second half. In a three-minute span, St. Mary’s struck for three goals.
Despite being shut out, Coal Ridge left the field feeling as if it truly is one of the eight best teams in 3A.
“I don’t think the gap was huge,” Blair said. “The score was a little bit higher than the actual gap. They outplayed us, but not by much. That’s encouraging to see.”
The Titans, who were seeded sixth in the 32-team playoff bracket, wrapped their season with a 14-2-2 record and with many a milestone in tow. They won their second straight 3A Western Slope League title and advanced deeper into the postseason than any other team in school history.
In Coal Ridge’s five-year existence, its girls soccer program has now made the state playoffs three times.
St. Mary’s, Class 3A’s No. 3 seed, improved to 14-3-1 with Thursday’s win and will face either St. Mary’s Academy or The Academy in the semifinals on Saturday.
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