THORNTON — It was just six days ago that the Centaurus Warriors lost a 4-0 decision to Skyview.

So when the Class 4A draw came out on Sunday and coach Lee Stanley and his boys saw that they had another chance at the Wolverines they were thrilled.

A painstaking review of the film revealed what they needed to correct, but that the Warriors were truly the better side.

"I was excited and I was happy that is was Skyview," Stanley said. "We had a better gameplan coming in and having all that information and knowing your opponent that well, the kids executed beautifully."

The 23rd-seeded Warriors pushed the Wolverines to double overtime and then to a penalty shootout before ultimately bowing out of the Class 4A state tournament 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Centaurus (9-6-1) went into the shootout with a hot goalie in Rodrigo Ruiz, who did his part in the overtime session to get his team to the final stage.

Just moments into the second overtime, Ruiz went one-on-one with Skyview big striker Fuad Elamo and denied him.

"I was nervous," said Ruiz, who had been in that kind of situation before. "But I knew we could win."

Said Stanley: "I went into the shootout telling our team we had the better keeper. And when you go into the shootout, that's what it's about, the keeper."

Through the first two round of PK's, it was tied 2-2. Centaurus' Miguel Ramirez — whose goal in the 55th minute of regulation briefly gave the Warriors a lead — and Cristian Rice each bagged goals.


Gunnar Bickel then stepped up and tried to beat Skyview keeper Ture Elamo up high, but the senior was up to the challenge and made the save.

Not to be outdone, Ruiz then denied Skyview's Abner Diaz, guessing right and diving to his right to make the stop.

Both Centaurus' CJ Himel and Skyview's Giovanni Delafuente made their fourth-round kicks to make it 3-3 going to the fifth round.

Centaurus' Bergen Grant went first and his shot forced Ture Elamo to his left and once again he made the save.

"I just told them to stay calm and pick your spot and don't deviate," said Stanley of his message to his shooters. "If you second guess yourself, you're likely to miss the frame."

With a trip to the second round in Durango on his foot, Fuad Elamo got the better of Ruiz the second time — even though the keeper got a hand on it — and sent his team to the next round.

Tenth-seeded Skyview (13-3) will travel to Durango, a 7-0 winner over Pueblo South on Wednesday night, next Tuesday.

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Skyview wins 4-3 on PK's

At Skyview

Centaurus (9-6-1) 0 2 0 0 — 2 (3) Skyview (13-3) 1 1 0 0 — 2 (4)

Goals (assists) — Skyview: Bryan Vazquez (Gionvanni Delafuente), 29th; Centaurus: CJ Himel (Aidan Porterfield), 46th; Miguel Ramirez (unassisted), 55th; Skyview: Fuad Elamo (unassisted), 56th.

Shootout goals — Centaurus: Ramirez, Cristian Rice, Himel; Skyview: Bryan Uribe, Noah Espino, Delafuente, F. Elamo.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Centaurus: Rodrigo Ruiz (110-2-8); Skyview: Ture Elamo (110-2-9).