BOULDER —Fairview forward Myles Ellis connected on a brilliant header for the game-winning goal in double overtime on Friday night, and then was off to the races.
He sprinted down the sideline in celebration, keeping ahead of his teammates who were in pursuit. Then he bee-lined towards the student section and climbed a chain-link fence and hopped into the mob.
“Myles knows how to celebrate,” grinned Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm after his team’s 2-1 win over Boulder. “That’s for sure.”
Why not? It’s a party of one for perfect teams remaining in Class 5A.
Fairview (9-0, 5-0 5A Front Range League) and Boulder (8-1, 4-1) came into the night as the only teams left in the classification with unblemished records. Sajji Singh also scored for Fairview, which came in ranked third in each the 5A RPI rankings and the CHSAANow poll, and Omar Castruita scored for Boulder, which was the No. 1 team in both and ranked sixth nationally.
The game matched its billing, too. There were plenty of oohs and aahs as players on each side dazzled in front of a packed house at Fairview’s turf field. And if not for timely saves by Fairview keeper Carter Melton and Boulder’s Toby Bateman, both teams could have put the game away late in regulation and in the first overtime.
The winner finally came off a free kick from Sebastien Mazur. In the air, Jake Ketchner speared the ball with his head, leaving it up high for a sprinting Ellis.
Full-steam in celebration, the senior captain looked for anyone and everyone to join the excitement.
“My teammates do everything for me and the first people I look to celebrate are with my peers,” he said. “Without my teammates, without our school backing us, there’s no way we could’ve given the effort we did in overtime.”
Singh scored on an expert ball in the 9th minute to put Fairview ahead 1-0. Moments after Sam Siewierski hit the crossbar, Singh drove into the box and fired from just a few feet from the end line. His ball bent around Bateman at the near post, banking off the far bar before rolling in for his fifth goal of the year.
A little later, Boulder answered on Castruita’s 11th goal of the year in the 31st minute. The reigning BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year collected a pass, drove into the box and ripped a shot past Melton, who allowed a goal for the first time this year in his 441st minute in net.
Both teams had spurts in momentum for the next 65 minutes before Ellis’ heroics.
Fairview now stands alone atop the Front Range League and Boulder is tied with Legacy for second. On Tuesday, the Panthers host Fossil Ridge and the Knights are at Greeley West.
“It’s a loss at the right time in the year against a good opponent,” Boulder coach Hardy Kalisher said. “We will be better because of this game, because there are things we are going to learn from it.”
Added Castruita: “We’re going to come out even harder and hopefully meet them in the playoffs.”
During the game, players from Boulder and Fairview wore gold shoelaces in support of Boulder student Joaquin Stewart-LaGrave’s bout against cancer. The Panthers’ junior varsity soccer player is battling Ewing sarcoma, a rare kind of bone and soft tissue cancer, according to a flyer provided by Kalisher.
Donations for the cause can be made at https://www.go4thegoal.org.
Brent W. New: email@example.com and @brentwnew
Fairview 2, Boulder 1 (2 OT)
At Fairview HS
Boulder (8-1)1001Fairview (9-0)1012
Goals (assists) —Fairview: Sajji Singh (unassisted) 9th minute; Boulder: Omar Castruita (Sam Phillips) 31st; Fairview: Myles Ellis (Jake Ketchner) 96th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Toby Bateman (96-2-5); Fairview: Carter Melton (96-1-4).