LAKEWOOD -- As the time ticked away, the field became muddier and the uniforms further saturated.
The quality chances for Centaurus failed to increase at the same rate.
On a dreary, rain-soaked Friday night at Lakewood Memorial Field, the Warriors' girls soccer season ended with a 1-0 loss to D'Evelyn in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The 10th-seeded Warriors (10-5-2) mustered only one shot on frame and couldn't find the equalizer after the Jaguars' Kira Kalkus scored a top-shelf goal from 25 yards out early in the second half.
"Actually, I think we actually played better after we (fell behind)," Centaurus coach Mario Bezzina said. "We never quite settled down and moved the ball well enough. It seems like we were a bit too nervous."
The seventh-seeded Jaguars (10-4-3) had a solid plan to lock down Centaurus playmakers Shanlie Anderson, Lauren Esler and Midori Patterson and allowed only a direct free kick by Danelle Dondelinger to serve as an official shot on goal.
D'Evelyn, meanwhile, had 11 shots on goal, but Warriors goalie Kelly Turcotte kept her team in contention with several sterling saves.
"They played staggered, so there weren't many opportunities for me to use my speed," Anderson said. "Our game is transitioning, sending the ball and quickness, and they didn't allow that, so it was shocking."
The Warriors did seem to have a deeper sense of urgency after Kalkus' perfectly placed shot drifted above a leaping Turcotte.
"I think we were working hard the whole time, but after the goal we realized this could be our last game, so we wanted to put our whole heart in it," said Dondelinger, a sophomore. "My team worked so hard and I'm so proud of them."
Esler, a freshman, had 12 goals and six assists this season, teaming with the junior Anderson (12 and five) to lead the Warriors in scoring and hint at a bright future.
Morgan Brendefur, another freshman, added five goals and four assists this season.
The Warriors played without a key back-liner in injured senior captain Anna Rinaldi, which might have contributed to D'Evelyn's sizable shot total. But the Warriors would have had to score one either way.
"We're definitely proud that we got this far, but we feel like we let down our seniors a bit because they really wanted it," Anderson said. "We've got next year and we definitely improved a lot over the season."
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D'Evelyn 1, Centaurus 0
At Lakewood Memorial Field
Centaurus (10-5-2) 0 0 -- 0
D'Evelyn (10-4-3) 0 1 -- 1
Goals (assists) -- D'Evelyn: Kira Kalkus, 46th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Centaurus: Kelly Turcotte (80-1-10); D'Evelyn: Laura Tyree (80-0-1).