WESTMINSTER — In most circumstances, notching three goals and shutting out an opponent in a state playoff game would have a soccer team sky high. But Legacy was far from celebrating its 3-0 win Wednesday night over Adams City.
Don’t get the second-seeded Lightning wrong, they believed the victory in the first round of the Class 5A girls state tournament was strong — at points. But given their opportunities against the No. 31 Eagles, Legacy’s players expected a much weightier outcome when they walked off the North Stadium turf.
“In a way it’s a good feeling, because you’ve won and are moving on,” Legacy forward Lauren Cook said. “But, at the same time, you know you could have done better, so you’re not completely satisfied.”
Cook more than understands the frustrations of the victory that advanced the Lightning (14-2) to Saturday’s second round, where her team hosts No. 15 Rocky Mountain (11-3-1). The speedy attacker was the point of Legacy’s offensive spearhead that troubled Adams City’s backfield the entire game. Despite her clear looks and snappy attempts it took the senior the better part of the first half to finally knock one in the back of the net.
It was, however, a relief once Cook backed up Kelsey Killean’s game-opener, with her far-post goal in the 30th minute. But it was a short-lived one.
“It brought me up,” the senior said. “But then the second half I couldn’t get another one in, it was like what is wrong.”
Cook need not feel bad about being denied another goal. Sonia DeLuna had a lot thrown at her, but the Adams City keeper took it all in stride. While she had to take her lumps, DeLuna finished the evening with a jaw-dropping 22 saves.
Some of Legacy’s finishing troubles might not only have been due to the Eagles’ strong net play. Legacy was also shorthanded on the attack. The Lightning lost Michaela Vadeboncoeur for the playoff game when the forward sustained a concussion in Legacy’s season finale.
And the Lightning’s hectic schedule, where it had to make a perfect run in its final games to wrap up its first Front Range League title, might have also taken its toll.
“It could be a possibility,” Legacy coach David Castro said. “Regardless, though, you can’t come into playoff games and not performing up to your ability. You should be peaking, not trying to find yourself still.”
In the best season in the history of the program, Legacy has set a high standard for itself. And to reach its goals, Castro believes his Lightning have to continue challenge themselves as a team.
“We’ve put a lot on ourselves the whole time,” the coach said. “We’re not going to change that.”
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Legacy 3, Adams City 0
Legacy 3, Adams City 0At Mountain Range H.S.
Adams City (9-6) 0 0 — 0
Legacy (13-2) 2 1 — 3
Goals (assists) — Legacy: Kelsey Killean (Kaylee Kennedy), 19th minute; Legacy: Lauren Cook (Mady Huber), 30th minute; Legacy: Ariana Jimenez (Lauren Cook), 46th.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Adams City: Sonia DeLuna (80-2-22). Legacy: Samantha Privett (80-0-0)