Ralston Valley boys soccer bounded from postseason

By Dennis Pleuss
Jeffco Public Schools
Posted 10/29/18

ARVADA — Cherry Creek junior Bryce Loui ended a long night of soccer Oct. 25 at the North Area Athletic Complex. Loui put the shot into the back of the net less than a minute into overtime to give …

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Ralston Valley boys soccer bounded from postseason

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ARVADA — Cherry Creek junior Bryce Loui ended a long night of soccer Oct. 25 at the North Area Athletic Complex.

Loui put the shot into the back of the net less than a minute into overtime to give the No. 22-seeded Bruins a 2-1 upset victory over No. 11 Ralston Valley. It was the second Class 5A boys soccer first-round playoff game to go overtime at the NAAC last Thursday night.

A-West also scored a quick goal early in overtime to edge Poudre in the first game of the playoff doubleheader.

“I flicked it over and saw the goalie wasn’t coming out,” Loui said talking about the game-winning goal in the 81st minute. “I just went out and got it. It ended up being nice.”

The Bruins had the disadvantage with going against a steady north wind to start the overtime period, but the goal seconds into the overtime didn’t allow the wind to play much of a factor.

“I was very surprised. I really wasn’t expecting it,” Loui said of his scoring chance so early in overtime. “They had us all game on defense. We had very few chances. I’m just happy to win.”

Cherry Creek’s other goal came in a strange manner. Junior Nolan Roberts kick off a restart from Ralston Valley’s first goal in the 21st minute road the north wind and found the back of the net to tie things up 1-1.

Ralston Valley senior Mason Miller netted the Mustangs’ lone goal on a penalty, but Ralston Valley’s leading scorer wasn’t able to convert on a penalty kick in the 70th minute. Miller’s PK sailed over the net to keep the game tied at 1-1.

Ralston Valley (9-5-2 record) came into the state tournament with plenty of momentum. The Mustangs were 4-0 in their final four regular-season games. They had outscored opponents 22-2 during the late-season stretch.

It’s the third straight first-round playoff loss for the Mustangs. Ralston Valley was bounced out of the state tournament in the opening round against Boulder in 2017 and Horizon in 2016. The last postseason win came in 2015 with a road victory against Fossil Ridge.

Cherry Creek (7-8-1) was able to grab a first-round playoff win last year before losing to eventual state champion Broomfield in the second round.

Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.

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