Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
BROOMFIELD — Keepers Diego Chavez and Liam Burns matched each other save for save through a marvelous final stretch on Monday night.
Dazzling performances … probably would have felt a bit better with a win, though.
Holy Family couldn’t find the winning touch against Chavez, nor could Skyline against Burns, and the battle of the top teams in the Tri-Valley League ended in a 1-1 draw on a gruelingly chilly night at Holy Family.
“It could have gone either way,” Tigers coach David Martinez said. “Was it just? Yeah, I think both teams did everything possible to win. And I think a tie leaves a good impression on both sides.”
Isaac Rupprecht scored early for Holy Family (8-2-2, 4-0-1 5A/4A/3A Tri-Valley), and Nathan Wanninger tied it in the 55th minute for the Falcons (7-2-1, 3-0-1), before the keepers took over.
The Tigers drew a penalty in the box in the 60th minute but couldn’t beat Chavez. The junior keeper sprawled to his left to deny the penalty kick from Darin Chavers, who said he was perfect in penalties before Monday. His chance was rifled, on-point and near the edge of the net, but Chavez was a step ahead.
Not to be outdone, Burns denied Kevin Gutierrez in the 70th minute on a leaping save of his own. Gutierrez went high and strong, but the sophomore reacted quickly enough to push the chance up and over the crossbar.
Back-and-forth they went.
“It’s a competition — not only among teams, but it’s a competition among the goalkeepers,” Chavez said. “You really feed off each other. Especially when he made that huge over-the-top save, I was like, ‘That could have ended it. But now it’s my turn. It’s my turn to keep my team in the game.”
In the waning minutes of regulation, Holy Family’s Cole Greany had a shot tracked down by Chavez and Skyline’s Gabriel Sosa lofted a free kick from just in front of the box over the net.
In the first overtime, Greany had another good look stopped, and Skyline’s Salvador Medrano popped a high chance the other way that Burns had to track down like a flyball deep into his box. In the second OT, the Tigers pressed in the final minutes but again came up empty.
“It was one of those games where both teams wanted it bad,” Skyline coach Luis Chavez said.
Earlier, Rupprecht finished a marvelous three-player effort to give Holy Family the lead in the 27th minute. Darin Chavers booted an expert free kick from 46 yards out into the low left corner of the box. With the ball in flight, Cody Chavers toed it past Chavez and across the way for Rupprecht, who finished into a bare net.
Then, Wanninger answered with his team-leading 13th goal of the year for Skyline. A long ball from Chavez found grass just in front of the box and Wanninger beat a defender to the ball to corral it. With Burns charging in, Wanninger deked slightly right — enough to get around Burns — and trotted a few steps towards an empty net before putting it away.
The keepers salted the game away from there. Chavez finished with 12 saves, and Burns had nine.
“It always fires you up to see someone do well, whether it’s on our side or the other as far as keepers go,” Burns said. “(Chavez’s performance) fired me up to try and top it.”
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Skyline 1, Holy Family 1 (2 OT)
At Holy Family HS
Skyline (7-2-1)0101Holy Family (8-2-2)1001
Goals (assists) —Holy Family: Isaac Rupprecht (Cody Chavers) 27th minute; Skyline: Nathan Wanninger (Diego Chavez) 55th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline: Chavez (100-1-12); Holy Family: Liam Burns (100-1-9).