Killian leads No. 2 Lightning past Lobos

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WESTMINSTER — Junior Kelsey Killian scored two goals to help No. 2 Legacy beat Rocky Mountain 2-1 in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Saturday.

Killian found the back of the net in the 21st minute to give the Lightning a 1-0 advantage at the half.

She added her second goal early in the second half to advance Legacy’s lead to two goals.

Rocky Mountain made things interesting late. The Lobos’ Mackenzie Garske scored to cut the Lightning lead to one goal. Rocky Mountain had a couple of chances to tie it late, but Legacy’s Samantha Privett kept the Lobos from scoring a goal.

“We made it a little harder than it had to be,” Legacy coach David Castro said. “Being here for one more round is big. We will be up for the challenge.” 

Kaylee Kennedy and Michaela Vadeboncoeur each had assists for the Lightning.

The Lightning beat Adams City 3-0 on May 8 in the opening round of the state playoffs. Killian, Ariana Jimenez and Lauren Cook all scored for Legacy (15-2 overall).

Legacy faced Cherry Creek Wednesday.

Last season the Lightning lost in the quarterfinals to Fort Collins, 4-2.

TIGERS KNOCKOUT WILDCATS

No. 9 Holy Family rolled to a 3-0 win over No. 8 The Academy on Saturday in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.

The Wildcats, who came into the game with a nearly perfect 13-0-1 record, couldn’t stay with the more aggressive Tigers.

Maddie Kuzik scored two first-half goals, and Kendall Russell added another in the second half to cruise to the victory.

Holy Family faced The Classical Academy on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

The Academy topped James Irwin 3-0 in the opening round on May 10, Allie Falagrady, Ariyona Loera and Raeanne Sanchez all scored for the Wildcats.

The Tigers topped Resurrection Christian 7-0 in the first round on May 10.

GATORS KNOCKED OUT IN FIRST ROUND

No. 23 Standley Lake lost in the opening round of the 5A playoffs on May 8, falling 5-1 to No. 10 Cherry Creek.

The Gators scored their lone goal in the opening half, while the Bruins scored three in the first and two in the second.

Standley Lake (9-5-2) finished the regular season fourth in the always tough Jeffco League with a 5-2-1 league record.

Senior Shelby McBrain scored a team-high 11 goals for the Gators this season.

SKYVIEW FALLS TO VALOR CHRISTIAN

The Wolverines’ impressive season came to a disappointing end on May 9 when No. 29 Skyview lost to fourth-seeded Valor Christian 5-0.

The Eagles scored two goals in the first half, and added three more in the second half to cruise to the first-round victory.

Skyview (13-2) finished the season by outscoring its foes 100-11; eight of those goals came in the Wolverines two losses.

Senior Jazmyne Escobar led Skyview with 27 goals and 21 assists, Brenda Vazquez also had 24 goals for the Wolverines.

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