LONGMONT — Kate Eggen has played less than two minutes at the center forward position for the Silver Creek girls soccer team this season.
But her one moment at the position thus far in 2018 was golden.
In a top-10 showdown between No. 2 Silver Creek and No. 10 Holy Family on Friday at Silver Creek, Eggen moved to the front of the Raptors' formation to start the second overtime period in a tie game. She took one shot. It went in. The only shot the senior junior midfielder has taken as a center forward goes in the books as the game-winner that delivered the Raptors a critical 2-1 victory.
"They decided to throw me up there because they thought I was shooting," Eggen said. "I just saw the goal open and I shot. It's senior night so I just wanted to get a win for our seniors."
Though Friday's game was a non-conference game, it had major late-season implications for two teams that appear poised for potential deep postseason runs.
Holy Family (6-4-1, 3-2 Tri-Valley) is 2-3 in its last five games with losses now to 4A No. 1 Windsor and 3A No. 1 Kent Denver, as well as 4A's No. 2 team in Silver Creek. The Tigers entered the game No. 2 in the 4A RPI standings and likely won't drop much if at all.
The Silver Creek Raptors (11-0-2, 4-0-1 Northern) must now win their final two conference games starting with Northridge (10-2, 5-1 Northern) at home and ending on the road at Centaurus (5-41, 3-2 Northern) in order to remain in a tie with Niwot (10-3-1, 6-0-1 Northern) atop the Northern League standings. Silver Creek and Niwot, which has completed its conference schedule, played to a scoreless draw on April 10 and each team has allowed just one goal in conference play. For the Raptors, Friday's win was a momentum-building step heading into their final league games.
"It was a tough game," Raptors head coach Rob Johnson said. "It was a battle. Both teams are good and were causing problems. It could have gone either way and Kate Eggen put the team on her shoulders in overtime and got us the goal we needed to win."
The Raptors took an early lead when Jordy Victor broke free and scored in the 33rd minute. Holy Family's Nicolette Sandoval tied the game in the 61st minute and the game reached a second overtime period before Eggen, assisted by Annalise Teasdale, recorded her third goal of the season with the golden goal.
Despite the disappointment of losing on Friday, Holy Family head coach Michelle Griego-Giron said the team can't be too upset about escaping the brutal stretch they've been on with decent results considering the Tigers start six freshmen and have just two seniors on the roster.
"I thought it was a good game by both teams and both squads worked really hard," Griego-Giron said. "It's a tough one to lose but it was a hard-fought one for sure. We're a new staff and a young team and we've had a crazy schedule but we like it. It reminds the girls what we're working for and it's getting us ready for playoffs."
Both Silver Creek and Holy Family will return to their respective conference schedule on Monday. The Raptors will play Northridge and the Tigers will play Mead (9-3, 4-1 Tri-Valley).
Silver Creek 2, Holy Family 1
At Silver Creek H.S.Holy Family (6-4-1) 0100—1
Silver Creek (11-0-2) 1001—2
Goals (assists) —Holy Family: Nicolette Sandoval (Kika Napierkowski), 61st minute; Silver Creek: Jordy Victor (unassisted), 33rd minute; Kate Eggen (Annalise Teasdale), 92nd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Holy Family: Sally Napierkowski (92-2-6); Silver Creek: Kaeyla Noble (92-1-4).