Grandview boys soccer coach Brian Wooden was clearly annoyed to observe the season finish.
Nonetheless, he wasn’t upset together with his group.
Cherry Creek, the 16thand closing seed within the Colorado boys soccer event, notched a 2-0 win over the fourth-seeded Wolves in a semifinal contest on April 28 at Englewood Excessive Faculty.
Grandview ended the COVID-shortened season with an 11-2 file and Cherry Creek handed the Wolves each its losses. The Bruins additionally downed the Wolves, 3-1, on March 23.
“It was a incredible season,” mentioned Wooden. “I’m pleased with these guys. They labored actual laborious. Our success was due to the work they put in, not simply in the course of the season however earlier than the season too. There was not a part of the (Cherry Creek) sport that I used to be upset in them.
“We have been league champions (Centennial) and gained the league event. I’m upset we didn’t proceed on however I’m not upset with the season.”
Cherry Creek, which superior to play Fairview within the state championship sport, scored within the 22ndminute when Carsten Jones booted a excessive free kick from 30 yards away on the left facet of the pitch which landed excessive within the prime proper nook of the purpose.
“That first purpose was big,” added Wooden. “On this sport we knew the primary purpose was in all probability going to be the distinction within the sport as a result of each groups defend actual properly and as soon as they received one it was actually laborious to interrupt them down.”
Macklin Riley pushed Creek forward 2-0 on a purpose that was deflected into the online with half-hour gone within the first half after which the Bruins’ protection staved off a flurry ofGrandviewpressure within the second half.
“We performed just a little tentative at first and I attempted to loosen them up earlier than the sport however they have been nonetheless just a little tentative,” mentioned Wooden. “That damage us however Cherry Creek did an important job.”
Bruins coach Wilmer Barrera additionally mentioned the primary purpose was a key to the end result and praised the protection performed by his group.
“From the start I had a mindset that protection wins championships,” mentioned Barrera. “We needed to combat till the top. No one thought we might go too far however I personally consider on this group. The primary purpose was the important thing. We knew that if we scored first that we have been going to have the mindset that we’re right here.”