It wasn’t pretty, but the Liberty Common girls soccer team got its first playoff win in program history thanks to a 1-0 result against Fountain Valley on Friday.
“We came out and we dominated the first 20 minutes,” coach Wade Torgeson said. “Pressing, pressing, corner kick, corner kick — we pressed all the way up until the goal.”
That goal came in the 31st minute courtesy Olivia Bachelet. It turns out, that’s all the Eagles would need, not that they were pleased with that.
“It’s so dangerous in the playoffs when you can get only one goal,” Torgeson said. “The term, ‘survive and advance’; it was completely that way.”
The Eagles outshot Fountain Valley 22-3, but just couldn’t get another goal after Bachaelet’s. Still, Torgeson and Liberty Common are glad to have the first round out of the way.
“I told them right after the game, ‘Here’s a fact for you guys: Liberty Common girls soccer just won its first playoff game, I don’t care if it’s 10-0 or 1-0,'” Torgeson said.
Liberty Common plays Colorado Academy on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Colorado Academy in a second-round game.
5A FRONT RANGE LEAGUE MEET — After one day of swimming, Fossil Ridge High School boys swimming and diving coach Mark Morehouse is doing the math. With four finalists in every event except the 50-yard freestyle, the SaberCats have a darn good shot of securing their fourth straight FRL title.
“Between us and Loveland, it’s going to be very, very, very, very close,” Morehouse said. “We swam lights out.”
Morehouse said he and coaches calculated points for tomorrow based on where Fossil Ridge swimmers today and, “We moved up 131 points based on where we were seeded,” Morehouse said.
That’s the best first-day showing Morehouse said he has ever seen from Fossil Ridge, girls or boys. That showing included no top preliminary finishes, but in eight events, two Fossil Ridge relays and seven swimmers nabbed top 3 spots.
Fort Collins didn’t get a single relay into the finals, and got just four swimmers into finals races for Saturday. Poudre fared better, getting six into finals races, including Nathaniel Connor, who was second in the 100 freestyle with a 48.99. Poudre’s 400 freestyle relay was third with a 3:21.49.
Fossil Ridge was second in that event with a 3:21.21.
Rocky Mountain didn’t get any swimmers into the finals.
For Fossil Ridge, Morehouse said kids were dropping time by 8 to 10 percent after tapering, an improvement above average of 3 to 5 percentage points. What was driving the SaberCats?
“Our seniors want to be undefeated in their four years at conference,” Morehouse said.
TRACK AND FIELD
MILE HIGH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS — Local teams took home top honors at the Mile High League Championships, as Liberty Common’s girls track team took first, and Heritage Christian’s boys team edged Liberty Common for the conference title.
On the girls’ side, Liberty Common was dominant, taking first in six events.
Jessica Schwindt led the way with first-place finishes in the 800- and 3,200-meter runs. Emily Howe (200), Eva Morrison (long jump) and Hannah Ellis (100) got two titles thanks to a first-place finish in those events as well as the 800 relay.
For the boys, it came down to the last race, but Heritage Christian was able to edge Liberty Common in that.
Liberty Common took first place in five events, four of which were the result of two Liberty Common athletes: Nico Forcatto (200, 400) and Joe Caraway (1,600, 3,200).
No results were posted to co.milesplit.com or maxpreps by The Coloradoan deadline. The information above came from coaches.