DENVER — A late comeback bid fell just short as the Fort Collins High School team lost 2-1 to Denver East on Saturday night in the quarterfinals.
The Angels (18-0) are the No. 1 seed in the 32-team Class 5A state tournament and they jumped out early in the game at All-City Stadium.
Max Gottesfeld buried a shot in the corner of the net in the seventh minute to boost Denver East to an early 1-0 lead. Sam Carson then scored late in the half to put No. 8 Fort Collins (11-4-3) in a two-goal hole at halftime.
The Lambkins weren’t going to go down quietly, though.
Goalie Alex Snavely had several key saves to keep the Lambkins within striking distance, then Fort Collins surged late in the second half and had a late flurry of corner kicks.
On one of them a Denver East player handled the ball in the penalty box, giving Fort Collins a penalty kick.
Matthew Khouri converted from the spot with nine minutes left in the game to make it 2-1, but the Lambkins couldn’t find the late equalizer.
The quarterfinal appearance was Fort Collins’ longest playoff run since reaching the same spot in 2013.
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