ARVADA — There was no winner April 12 at the North Area Athletic Complex. Arvada West and Valor Christian ended the top-10 Class 5A boys soccer match-up in a scoreless tie after 100 minutes at the …
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ARVADA — There was no winner April 12 at the North Area Athletic Complex.
Arvada West and Valor Christian ended the top-10 Class 5A boys soccer match-up in a scoreless tie after 100 minutes at the NAAC.
“Neither team could find the back of the net,” Arvada West senior goalie Jacoby Landskov said. “At the end of the day soccer is about scoring and neither one of us did.”
The tie between the then No. 7 Wildcats and No. 9 Eagles actually helped out unranked Lakewood win the 5A Jeffco League title. The Tigers (6-2-2, 6-1-1 in league) leaped over Valor (8-1-1, 6-1-1) and A-West (6-1-2, 4-1-2) in the conference standings.
Lakewood’s 1-0 overtime victory over Bear Creek on April 16 at Trailblazer Stadium clinched the league title. It was be the first boys soccer league champion for Lakewood since 1995.
“It’s been a crazy season. We lost to Lakewood early so we’ve felt like since Game 2 in league we’ve been playing for our playoff lives,” Valor coach Brian Shultz said. “I would image Lakewood is pretty happy.”
Valor wrapped up second in 5A Jeffco with a 6-0 home victory in the snow over Dakota Ridge on April 15. The top two teams in the league earn an automatic bid to the 16-team state tournament that begins with the first-round game on either Wednesday, April 21, or Thursday, April 22.
A-West is in tougher spot. The Wildcats looked to be in-line to win a third straight conference title less than two weeks ago. A-West was undefeated and 4-0 in league play, but a 1-1 tie against Lakewood (April 8) and 2-0 loss to Chatfield (April 10), along with another tie versus Valor puts the playoffs in doubt for the Wildcats.
“Not a whole lot to say really,” Landskov said after the tie against Valor. “It is really disappointing. Both sides played great tonight. It just stinks to not come out on top and now not win in three games.”
A-West pretty much had to defeat rival Ralston Valley on April 15 at the NAAC for any chance to more than likely get one of the four at-large playoff bids. The Mustangs grabbed a 1-0 lead on the Wildcats before snow postponed the game to Monday, April 19. The game was schedule to be resumed on Monday after press deadline.
“We just have to win against Ralston Valley and see what happens from there,” Landskov said. “We can’t worry about anyone else.”
Landskov was solid recording his sixth shutout in net this season against Valor.
Valor had several set pieces that gave the Eagles scoring chances. The best scoring opportunity for Valor came in the first half. Sophomore Zac Brooks deflected a corner kick that looked to beat Landskov, but A-West sophomore Josh White was in the right place on the far post to keep the ball out of the net.
A-West senior Noah Kanagy and sophomore Luke Schultz both had hard shots saved by Valor freshman goalie Dennis Polzin a minute apart in the second half.
“He (Polzin) has been fantastic all year and his strength is in the air. We are such a possession team that is what most teams try to do is put balls in the air against us,” Shultz said. “We have two other great goalies too. We are blessed that way.”
The best scoring chance in the two 10-minute overtime periods came off the foot of Valor senior Tyler Eagan, but his direct free kick was just wide left midway through the first overtime.
Dennis Pleuss is the Sports Information Director for Jeffco Public Schools. For more Jeffco coverage go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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