WESTMINSTER — The looks on the orange-clad Legacy players and coaches faces told you everything you needed to know after its Front Range League match against Fossil Ridge on Thursday afternoon at North Stadium.
The Lightning were rolling right along this season and at 9-1-1 had marched their way to a No. 4 ranking in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll.
They were allowed a clunker.
Legacy was thoroughly outplayed in just about every aspect of the game against the Sabercats, yet somehow found its way into overtime. A costly mistake did them in though and Fossil Ridge, who didn't look anything like a 4-8 team, got an overtime goal from Blair Durand to score a 2-1 victory.
"The truth of the matter is that might be our worst performance of the year or it was definitely in contention," said Legacy coach Tony Romano, whose team fell to 9-2-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the Front Range. "We still had an opportunity, but we made errors and we missed many opportunities.
"And when you make critical errors and you don't capitalize on your chances, you don't win games."
What made matters more confounding for the Lightning was that just three days ago they were coming off one of the better outings of the year in a 1-1 draw against defending Class 5A champions and cross-town rival Broomfield.
Fossil Ridge had the run of play in the first half, playing a majority of the game in the Legacy side of the field. Despite the slanted field, Legacy's balanced defensive back line didn't give its opponents any quality looks at keeper Luca Falagrady.
In the 54th minute, still on the prowl, Fossil Ridge had its best chance of the game bang off of the right post. Jaime Soto sprung Durand and the lanky forward's touch beat Falagrady but didn't roll in.
Finally in the 78th minute, Fossil Ridge appeared to bag the game-winner. Durand, beat his defender, touched down goalie Logan Wette's punt and scored.
But Legacy, wearing their orange kits that said Joga Bonita (Portuguese for play beautiful) in honor of former player Chris Reagan — who died in a car accident in 2008 — didn't fold. Stephen Goth was dragged down just outside the Fossil box and on the ensuing direct free kick, he connected with Bradon O'Connor, who headed home the equalizer.
"It took a lot out of us to respond and not to give up with just a minute left," Roth said. "But that next one was just a lack of focus and a lack of concentration."
Fossil Ridge didn't let the momentum turn in Legacy's direction and just five minutes into the overtime session, and still with a majority of the possession, Durand beat two Lightning defenders before scoring the game winner past Falagrady.
"I can't even put into words how much better we were three days ago," Romano said. "Today we struggled. We struggled across the field and I'm not sure why, but we have some work to do."
Fossil Ridge 2, Legacy 1, OT
At North StadiumFossil Ridge (5-8, 5-6) 0 1 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Fossil Ridge: Blair Durand (Logan Wette), 78th minute; Legacy: Bradon O'Connor (Stephen Goth), 79th; Fossil Ridge: Durand (unassisted), 85th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fossil Ridge: Logan Wette (85-1-4); Legacy: Luca Falagrady (85-2-6).