AURORA — The build up was there.
It is something the Fairview Knights — a team built to possess the ball for long periods of time — had been accustomed to the entire season — unfortunately so was the fact they also struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.
On Saturday night in the quarterfinals against Grandview at Legacy Stadium, it was the same narrative and it was one that put an end to their season.
Grandview made its one goal in the 52nd minute hold up for a 1-0 victory over the Knights and earned themselves a trip to Wednesday's semifinals at Echo Park Stadium in Parker against top-seeded Denver East.
"We didn't have a lot a great looks on goal, we had some looks, but we passed ... especially in the first half," said Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm, whose 13th-seeded Knights finish the season 12-6. "But it was that one moment, that one defensive moment where the ball just dribbles across the line.
"We talked about it at halftime — focus, focus focus — and avoid that one moment; and it got us."
That moment for the No. 5-seeded Wolves game slightly against the run of play. Midfielder Ian Oltman hit a hard shot to Luc Albuisson's right, that the keeper was able to stop but not control. The rebound came right out to AJ Watters, who was able to get just enough on the follow to score.
"We were ready to go, we were fired up," said Frykholm, whose team had no let down after their huge second round victory over Boulder on Wednesday night. "They recovered well and put it behind them immediately and came out here and fought."
The Knights had two first-half chances that contrary to Wednesday night's tallies that came into the wind, were with a stiff breeze at their back.
In the 20th minute, Sajji Singh's direct free kick from 35-yards out cleared the wall and had to be forced over the bar by Grandview keeper Eddie St. Martin for a corner kick.
The last real quality opportunity for Fairview was in the 38th minute, when junior Sam Siewierski's shot from the box beat St. Martin only to bang off his far post and out of play.
It was a remarkable run for a Knights side that had a brand new look to it from a season ago.
"When you consider the fact that we had one player on the field, M Steiner, that was a varsity player last year; we had 10 new guys out of 11 ... it's pretty good," Frykholm said. "We just needed a few more weeks to come together.
"But I'm super proud of the guys."
Grandview will play East in one semifinal on Wednesday and No. 7 Broomfield, a 4-0 winner over Far Northeast on Saturday at All-City, will draw Front Range League foe Fort Collins in the other semifinals for the right to play in the championship at Dick's Sporting Goods Park next Saturday.
GRANDVIEW 1, FAIRVIEW 0
At Legacy StadiumFairview 0 0 — 0
Grandview 0 1 — 1
Goals (assists) — Grandview: AJ Watters (unassisted), 52nd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Luc Albuisson (80-1-1); Grandview: Eddie St. Martin (80-0-3).