BOULDER — Patience has been a trademark of the Fairview boys soccer team's season but enough was enough on Wednesday night.
Facing 17th-seed Rocky Mountain, a team which the Fairview tied 0-0 during the regular season, the top-seed Fairview Knights sat in yet another scoreless stalemate at halftime. But in the second half, Knights junior Nathan Biesterfeld finally scored the goal that had eluded his team for over a month and the Knights went on to win 2-0.
"Our coaches were telling us the other day that it's not often when you have a hiccup in your season like that and you get a second chance to make amends," Biesterfeld said. "It was really great to get that goal and get that win."
With the Knights' only draw of the season lingering in his mind since Sept. 17, Biesterfeld broke open Wednesday's game in the 46th minute.
In the 71st minute, Lobos (9-6-2) senior Trey York Saighman received a red card for his part in an altercation following a penalty. Playing with an advantage, it seemed inevitable that the Knights (14-2-1) would score the clinching goal.
The finishing goal came three minutes later off the foot of junior Sam Silverman.
"It's a playoff game so the kids were hyped, the kids were nervous and Rocky Mountain was on us for the first 15-20 minutes of the game," Knights first-year head coach Jeff Frykholm said. "I just kept telling the guys to be patient and eventually we settled into the game. We got the first goal and we continued to press until we got the second goal.
In the quarterfinals, the Knights will face another team they encountered on their way to winning the 5A Front Range League regular season title. The Knights will host cross-town rival and 2014 state runners up Boulder (13-4) on Saturday.
"I'm happy with where we are," Frykholm said. "Obviously, we know our next opponent and they know us as well. We're so familiar with each other that it takes some of the mystique of the playoffs out of it but you get towards the end and there's only a few teams left so you have to play whoever they put in front of you.
"Boulder is one of the top teams in the state and all the kids know each other so it's just a completely different game. It's so charged emotionally and it's always such a tough game. It should be a game for all these boys to remember for a long, long time."
Fairview, which reached the 5A semifinals last season, defeated ninth-seeded Boulder 2-1 in overtime during the regular season. Boulder defeated Legacy 3-2 in the second round on Wednesday.
Fairview 2, Rocky Mountain 0
At Fairview H.S.Rocky Mountain (9-6-2) 0 0 — 0
Fairview (14-2-1) 0 2 — 2
Goals (assists) — Fairview: Nathan Biesterfeld, 46th minute; Sam Silverman, 74th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Rocky Mountain: John Brown (79-2-6), Jackson Barrier (1-0-0); Fairview: Danny Richards (80-0-6).