LONGMONT — Normally tying Northern Conference-leading Broomfield wouldn’t be that bad. But the Silver Creek girls soccer team needed a win to realistically stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The Raptors entered Thursday’s game on the short end of back-to-back 3-0 losses to Ralston Valley and Thompson Valley. Thursday’s 0-0, double-overtime tie with the Eagles all but eliminated Silver Creek’s playoff hopes.
The top four teams from the Northern League reach the playoffs. Silver Creek can finish no higher than fifth once tie-breakers shake out.
“We’ve really come back from the last two games we’ve played. They were disasters both times,” Raptors senior goalkeeper Meghan Jedrzejewski said. “We knew this was a big game coming in. We knew that winning this game was the only way we could make playoffs and sadly that didn’t happen.
“But we went toe-to-toe with them and we didn’t back down. I think we did amazing today.”
Jedrzejewski made four saves in the game, including a diving stop that prevented a loss with one minute left in the second overtime. She also broke up the ensuing corner kick and started an attack the other way that nearly resulted in a goal.
“That’s where I like them. I like them down low and I like to hit them out,” Jedrzejewski said. “I saw her coming and I knew where she was gonna go. My right side is my favorite and I was able to hit it out. On the corner kick, I saw the ball go right over Madison Boettcher’s head and I caught it.”
The Raptors lost freshman forward Jenna Schemmel in the first half to a lower leg injury, hindering their offense significantly late. Battling injuries since the start of the season, Schemmel leads the Raptors with five goals.
It was the Raptors’ sixth tie this season.
“Once again it’s another tie,” junior defender Kailee Cox said. “But we just played so hard and I’m just so proud of all of us. That’s probably the best game I’ve seen us play all season.”
Senior center midfielder Madison Boettcher said the Raptors defense, which has allowed 11 goals in 14 games this season, was as good as it has been all year.
“Our defense was really strong and wasn’t going to crack,” Boettcher said. “I think we were trying to do the same thing and take it from the outside and cross it in. It just wasn’t working on either side and the middle was messy at times for both teams because it was so compact.”
The Raptors will play their final game on Tuesday, a home rivalry game against Longmont.
The Eagles remain undefeated in conference play, but head coach Jim Davidson said a win would have gone a long way toward clinching the conference title. The Eagles still control their own destiny, but now, Davidson said, there is more pressure on them to avenge last year’s 3-1 loss to Monarch (4-7-0) and beat Thompson Valley (4-1-0 Northern), which is right behind them in the conference standings.
“We’ve made things difficult for ourselves,” Davidson said. “Coming into this afternoon, we basically controlled our destiny in the conference.”
Davidson said the Eagles, who normally play later, struggled playing a 4 p.m. start at Silver Creek and were flat and made poor decisions. Freshman center back Hailey Mazzola said the Eagles defense felt the pressure against the desperate Raptors but held up.
“I felt like it was really stressful to hold our line together and play as a team,” Mazzola said. “I felt like they had some good chances to finish, but luckily they didn’t.”
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Broomfield 0, Silver Creek 0
At Silver Creek H.S.
Broomfield (9-3-1, 5-0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Silver Creek (5-3-6, 2-2-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — None.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Broomfield: Paige Lindbloom (90-0-1). Silver Creek: Meghan Jedrzejewski (90-0-4).