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Boys soccer falls short in quarterfinals

Saturday afternoon, the No. 15 seeded boys soccer team headed up to Centaurus High School to take on the No. 7 Warriors. LHS, one of just eight teams left in the 4A state playoffs, beat the second ranked team last Wednesday and were looking to come out on top again. Unfortunately, the Lions lost 4-1, ending their incredible season.

Most of the action took place around midfield in the first half. Although there was no dominating team, possession wise, Centaurus was able to capitalize on their chances. After some miscues by LHS, the Warriors led 3-0 heading into halftime.

“I feel that we came out to play, but we just made three mistakes in the first half. We matched them in the minutes of the game, just made three mistakes that cost us. At this point, any mistake can cost us,” said senior Michael Melton.

LHS then scored a big goal in second half which was set up by senior Nate Schwartz. With the Lion offense heating up, the Warriors became very defensive minded and clogged up the middle, making it difficult for the Lions to break through. Then after a few shots off the goal post and strong saves by goalkeeper Joe Girkin, the Warriors ultimately tallied another goal.

“In the second half, we matched them, too and played with a lot of heart. Without those mistakes, it is a one to one game in the second half. But we played the best we could, just in this game, things didn’t fall our way,” said Melton.

Even though the score was not what they wanted, LHS finished with a very impressive 15-2-1 record, and won the Jeffco League.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the boys and of how our season went. I loved playing with this team and every minute with the guys,” said Melton.

The team represented LHS extremely well in all they did this season and should be very proud of their accomplishments.