Boys soccer: Holy Family comes up short in OT to Skyview

Jackson Ward has goal and an assist, but Wolverines prevail

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    Holy Family High School's Cole Greany heads the ball over Salvador Garcia during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Cole Greany, left, and Alex Kusek celebrate a goal during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School goalkeeper Liam Burns makes a save during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Kiernan Opp fights for the ball with Joaquin Diaz during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Kyle Pardoe kicks the ball upfield during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Dylan McIntosh slide for the ball during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Alden Bennett fights for the ball with Roger Ibarra during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Enrique Garcia moves the ball past Branndon Casillas during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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    Holy Family High School's Dylan McIntosh moves the ball upfield during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

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BROOMFIELD — The lead official momentarily pressed paused in the opening half to point out an infraction to Holy Family’s Jackson Ward. With his team trailing, the sophomore had raced back to get into position after the ball had skipped out of bounds, then leapt in front of a Skyview player attempting a throw-in.

That’s a no-no.

Holy Family High School goalkeeper Liam ...
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Holy Family High School goalkeeper Liam Burns makes a save during a non-league game against Skyview on Monday in Broomfield.

But the effort was sure appreciated, and it seemingly spread throughout as the Tigers fought back for an equalizer four different times Monday night before falling to Skyview in overtime at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium, 5-4.

“They would score a goal, we would score a goal and the cycle just kind of came around,” Ward said. “We should have finished it off but going into the next game we should be playing like we played in this game. This was definitely our best game of the season.”

Ward changed the tide of the game in the final five minutes of the opening half when his sheer hustle helped lead to two goals. After a quick pow-wow with the ref, the sophomore collapsed on the Wolverines’ backline when the ball was put back in play, then stole it and served a picturesque cross to Alex Kusek to make it 1-1.

Facing another one-goal deficit minutes later, Ward took a lead pass through two defenders and beat the goalie going left in the 39th.

“Somebody had to step up,” Ward said. “I just had to get our spirits up.”

It was punch-for-punch from there.

Dylan McIntosh provided the late equalizer when he quickly chipped a free kick into the net from just outside the box in the 77th. The heads-up play came with the Skyview defenders and goalie out of position, forcing overtime.

Jared Ramos, however, scored his second goal of the night in the 89th for the walk-off winner.

“This was a great game, I was just telling the boys that this was a playoff-caliber game,” Holy Family coach David Martinez said. “Something we were looking for during a hard game like that is our composure and our ability to come back. These guys fought against adversity.”

The Tigers (3-2) made it 3-3 on Alden Bennett’s nifty goal in the 58th. The freshman appeared to have a defender draped over him as he raced down the far side of the field — still enough space to perfectly blister a chance from outside the box and over the keeper, though.

Then after a go-ahead chance wafted just wide, Skyview pulled back in front in the 63rd when Luis Reyes moved right along the top of the box before twisting back left to rope his chance past goalie Liam Burns for his second goal of the game.

“I would be betting money if (Skyview) could recreate all those shots they took today,” Martinez said.

So far this fall, Skyview (5-0-1) has proven to be a confounding task for teams inside the BoCoPreps area — and a lot of it has to do with having its 2018 goal leader in Ramos and assist leader in Roger Ibarra back in the fold.

A team that had won 17 straight last fall before falling in the state quarterfinals had previously beaten Niwot in double overtime on Sept. 5, and then tied Silver Creek a week ago.

Holy Family will look to get back in the win column Sept. 23 when it hosts Peak to Peak.