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Lions fall just short in Quarterfinals

On Wednesday evening, the Littleton girls’ soccer team played their final match of the season in Longmont, against the Silver Creek Raptors. The girls fought incredibly hard coming back to tie the game twice with the second goal being scored by sophomore Jasmyn Thompson-Harvey with a mere 30 seconds left on the clock.

“It felt relieving [to score]…it gave us the chance to go to overtime and win the game. It just felt really good,” said Thompson-Harvey.

The Lions’ were faced with difficulties almost immediately, it was only five minutes into the game when the girls found themselves down 1-0 off a shot found the back of the net from outside the 18 yard box.

Senior Captain Katie Puchino drives with the ball through the Silver Creek defense.

The game then reached a stalemate as the game went into the half with no more goals being score by either team. It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes of the game that the Lions scored the elusive goal through senior Anna Newby. Unfortunately, the Raptors reclaimed their lead within 10 minutes off of acorner scored by junior Colleen Tyrrell.

The game was once again tied up by the Lions within the last minute and was sent into overtime. The Lions came out of the gates strong but a free kick was the difference maker as it was deflected in by an LHS defender to send Silver Creek into the semi-finals of the state playoffs.

The LHS soccer team ended the stellar season with an impressive 10-6-2 record with senior captain Sarah Payson leading the team with 11 goals on the season.

“Its weird [to play my last game], I’m gonna miss everyone a lot…everything is just coming to a close but its been nice to have the last four years with everyone,” said Payson.

Senior Anna Newby and Freshman Ellery Tripp watch the ball after a throw in from Silver Creek.

The Lions’ may not have won the game but the grit and determination shown throughout the whole game proved to the fans why they deserved to make it all the way to the Elite 8.