COMMERCE CITY — Caden MacKenzie scored a goal and had an assist Wednesday night as the Denver East Angels won the Class 5A state championship with a 2-0 victory over the Heritage Eagles.
MacKenzie gave East a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute with a 15-yard shot inside the far post. The Angels went ahead 2-0 nine minutes later when MacKenzie headed to Austin Neureiter, who deflected a shot off the crossbar into the net.
Third-seeded East (18-2) won its third boys’ soccer championship and first since 2008.
Heritage (14-6), the No. 24 seed, struggled to produce a consistent attack and was shutdown by an East defense that didn’t allow a goal in five playoff games.
Erickson chips in
game-winner for Mullen
COMMERCE CITY — Skyler Erickson scored in the 63rd minute Wednesday night, and the Mullen Mustangs beat the Evergreen Cougars 1-0 for the Class 4A state championship at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Zach Sunderhuse sent a cross from the left corner to Erickson, who redirected the ball inside the near post.
Fifth-seeded Mullen (13-5-2), which avenged its opening-season 1-0 loss at Evergreen, won its first boys’ soccer title.
Evergreen (17-3), the No. 2 seed, nearly tied the game in the 73rd minute when Brian Grieve headed a floater into the legs of Mullen’s Eric Morrison, who was aiding keeper Liam O’Connor by standing next to the post.