Legacy soccer falls in 2nd OT of state quarterfinals

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 11/5/18

The 2018 season has been one for the books at Legacy High School (13-4-1) after first and second round victories in the 5A CHSAA Boys State Tournament. However, a devastating 2-1 double-overtime …

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Legacy soccer falls in 2nd OT of state quarterfinals

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The 2018 season has been one for the books at Legacy High School (13-4-1) after first and second round victories in the 5A CHSAA Boys State Tournament. However, a devastating 2-1 double-overtime defeat to Broomfield (12-6) on Nov. 3 capped a historic year for a program on the rise.

The week began with a dominating 3-0 victory for the Lightning (No. 5 seed) over Far Northeast (10-6-1) Oct. 31. Goals by juniors Blake Hansen (2), Jake Maurek along with fantastic defensive play led the group to their first-ever appearance in the state quarterfinals.

“The guys’ energy was great, it was positive, and they did a fantastic job,” Legacy coach Anthony Romano said. “Blake shows up in the scoresheet, but the truth of the matter is we had a lot of guys contributing.”

Included on the stat sheet is senior Noah Stover, whose two assists both went to Hansen. Maurek’s first-half score came from an assist by Hansen. The defense forced Legacy goaltenders (senior Ivan Castillo and junior Brandon Hansen) to make just five total saves all game thanks to their aggression and activity. It was the first time that the Warriors had been shut out since the first game of the season.

“Our defensive effort was really good,” Romano said. “Very impressed with all of the defenders. You pitch a shutout; you’re obviously going to have success.”

Three days later against Broomfield (No. 13 seed), a first-half goal for each team stuck through regulation and an overtime frame. The lone score for Legacy came from junior Hunter Hance, and the Lightning defense once again kept their team in the contest.

“The game was very competitive from start to finish,” Romano said. “We had a couple of really good opportunities that we failed to capitalize upon, and the Broomfield defense and goalkeeper did a great job to keep us from scoring again.”

Finally, in the second overtime, the Eagles broke through. Eight seniors (Ivan Castillo, Cameron Oldweiler, Daniel Marks, Logan Scheller, Jordan Swinhart, Ben Tuka, Xavier Ramos and Stover) leave quite a legacy at Legacy in their final games’ as Lightning. The record-breaking group has set the level of expectation moving forward, leaving the school in better condition than when they arrived.

“They (seniors) are very different from each other, but all were very valuable to this program,” Romano said. “Through their effort in the last four years, this program has taken a big step forward. We have now been to the Sweet 16 in each of the last four years. They (seniors) have played a huge part and will be remembered for the records they set this year such as the longest winning streak, the first win over Broomfield, the deepest playoff run and the most wins in a season. They will be sincerely missed by me and their teammates.”

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