• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Grandview's Jaimie Luna (center, in air) manages to sneak around Boulder's Ian McDiarmid-Sterling (No. 4) for a headed goal that gave the Wolves a 2-0 lead during Wednesday's Class 5A semifinals at EchoPark Stadium. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Boulder's Omar Castruita, seen here with the ball, returned to action Wednesday night during the Class 5A semifinals, a game the Grandview Wolves won 2-0. Visit BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Boulder's Sam Phillips (left) attempts to settle the ball during Wednesday's Class 5A semifinal against Grandview at EchoPark Stadium.



PARKER — Boulder’s marvelous season unraveled in a matter of minutes. And their hopes of returning to the state title game was undone on a night where the goals suddenly stopped for teams in the BoCoPreps area.

Oh, soccer playoffs. Fickle and unpredictable as always.

Peter Goldy and Jamie Luna scored less than three minutes apart in the second half for No. 3 Grandview, propelling the Wolves past No. 2 Boulder 2-0 in the late 5A semifinals match on Wednesday at EchoPark Stadium.

Grandview (17-1-1) will face No. 8 Arapahoe in the 5A finale on Friday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Warriors beat Broomfield in penalties after neither team could score through 110 minutes.

“It just wasn’t our night,” Boulder coach Hardy Kalisher said of his team.

Boulder (17-2) came a single win shy of reaching the state title game for the first time since it went a perfect 20-0 in 2016. Its sixth trip to the semifinals in nine years ended in defeat.

All-American Omar Castruita returned to the field for Boulder following an eight-game absence with a hamstring injury. The playmaking midfielder went down with 13 goals and 12 assists, and still leads the team in points with 38.

The senior helped create chances in the semis for the Panthers, too. Just nothing fell. Boulder was shut out for the first time this season.

Going the other way, Grandview scored on two set pieces early in the second. On a corner in the 50th, Goldy broke into view running at the far post and speared a header into the back of the net. Then in the 53rd, Luna added another header off a free kick to break the game open.

It was enough to end the Panthers’ run. The team’s brotherhood, meanwhile, will live on, Kalisher assured.

Boulder cruised into the semifinals with seemingly a different player every game stepping up in crucial situations. Sam Phillips referred to their team as “La Familia” after he and Kenneth Jew were a dynamic scoring combo in a 4-1 win over Pine Creek in Round 2. Jesse Bacardi and Castruita talked about playing for their teammates prior to the semifinal.

“Years from now the score of this game will fade from memory,” Kalisher said. “What won’t fade is the brotherhood and the ‘La Familia’ that these guys built this year. That’s what they’ll’ remember”

Brent W. New: bwnew@prairiemountainmedia.com and @brentwnew


Grandview 2, Boulder 0

At EchoPark Stadium

Grandview (17-1-1)     0 2  — 2

Boulder (17-2)             0 0  — 0

Goals (assists) —Grandview: Peter Goldy (Ian Oltman) 50th minute; Grandview: Jaime Luna (Raymond Jackson) 53rd.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Grandview: Cobi Wood (80-0-3); Boulder: Toby Bateman (80-2-6).