Titans fall in the first round of 3A girls soccer playoffs
GREELEY — Micah Herron didn’t sugarcoat the way he felt following a 2-1 loss by his Coal Ridge High girls soccer team against Sterling on Saturday.
“The saying goes that it’s sometimes better to be lucky than good,” the third-year Titans coach said following the loss in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. “We were unlucky today, and that’s very unfortunate because in my mind, the better team didn’t win.”
Sophomore Nicole Mooney scored the only goal of the game off an assist from junior Jenny Call in the ninth minute — a goal that came practically within moments of a Sterling goal that gave the Tigers (9-6-0) a quick 1-0 lead. Sterling rebounded with a goal from 40 yards away that got past Coal Ridge goalkeeper Brooke Esgar in the 29th minute, giving the Tigers what wound up being the final goal of the game.
Herron said the wet conditions that soaked all of Colorado’s Front Range played a big factor in the game — and on the final score.
“We still would have scored with or without the rain,” Herron said. “If the rain wasn’t there, they wouldn’t have scored their goals.”
Esgar finished the game with seven saves before leaving the game in the 65th minute with a concussion after she took a knee to the head during a scramble in front of the Titans’ goal. Shelby Koether finished the game out for Coal Ridge and made a pair of saves in the game’s final 15 minutes.
With the victory, Sterling moved on to play Frontier Academy (11-4-0) in today’s second round. Coal Ridge, which was making its eighth consecutive appearance in the 3A state playoffs, finished the year with an 11-5-0 record.
“I couldn’t be more proud off what these seniors have accomplished in the past four years,” said Herron of the Titans, who had reached the Class 3A quarterfinals the previous two seasons prior to Friday’s loss. “This is a tough way for them to go out because they had some pretty high expectations.
“But as a group, I have nothing but praise for these girls right now,” the coach continued. “They never gave up.”
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