Lakewood unable to end Columbine’s winning streak in 5A Jeffco

Dennis Pleuss
Jeffco Public Schools
Posted 4/24/19

LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls soccer team didn’t mind having a game not decided by a single goal Monday, April 15. The Rebels — No. 6 in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 5A girls soccer rankings …

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Lakewood unable to end Columbine’s winning streak in 5A Jeffco

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LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls soccer team didn’t mind having a game not decided by a single goal Monday, April 15.

The Rebels — No. 6 in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 5A girls soccer rankings — cruised to an 8-1 victory over Lakewood.

“This game really helped us find our touches and work well together to get a win out of it,” Columbine senior Libby Spangler said after the biggest margin of victory for the Rebels this season with the 7-goal victory at Lakewood Memorial Field.

Columbine racked up a 7-0 lead at halftime. Peyton Weber, Riley Kaali-Nagy, Evelyn Hammer, Annabelle Young and Spangler each had a goal for the Rebels before halftime. Senior Tessa Barton tacked on a pair of goals to add to her team-leading 12 goals on the season for Columbine (6-3-1, 3-0 in 5A Jeffco League).

“We got to play some good soccer,” Columbine coach Brian Todd said after the win. “We scored some good goals and got everyone in the game. That was good.”

Columbine has been locked in close battles in almost every game this season. The Rebels have had seven games decided by a single goal, along with four overtime games including a tie last week against Rocky Mountain.

The Rebels’ three losses have come against No. 1 Arapahoe, No. 2 Grandview and No. 3 Regis Jesuit.

“We came out and realized we are done with overtime games,” Barton said after the win against Lakewood.

The Rebels are alone atop the conference having Ralston Valley (4-2-1, 1-0-1) and Chatfield (9-1-1, 4-0-1) tie in their conference opener. Columbine is trying to win a sixth straight 5A Jeffco League title and have won 20 straight conference games after Monday’s win. The streak dates back to the 2016 season.

“We are playing a great schedule,” Todd said. “I’m proud of our girls so far through that. We’ve played some really good opponents. I think we are slowly getting to where we need to be.”

Lakewood (3-8, 1-3) did prevent the shutout loss against Columbine thanks to a goal in the 68th minute by sophomore Myria Garcia.

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

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