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Girls soccer: Ill Silverman plays hero in Fairview’s Round 1 win over Chatfield

Fairview’s scoring leader came into the game in the 50th minute and scored twice

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    Fairview High School celebrates a goal against Chatfield High School during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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    Fairview High School plays Chatfield High School during the first round of the Class 5A Girls State Soccer Tournament in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Claire Silverman (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Claire Silverman (No. 11) moves the ball up the field in the game against Chatfield High School during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Payton Larson (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Payton Larson (No. 14) battles with Chatfield High School's Ava Erickson (No. 11) during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Madison Shove (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Madison Shove (No. 8) and Chatfield High School's Hannah Anderson (No. 9) battle for the ball during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Elori Crosby (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Elori Crosby (No. 15) moves the ball up the field against Chatfield High School during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Trevianna Barto (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Trevianna Barto (No. 12) and Chatfield High School's Emily Russum (No. 15) battle for the ball during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Malana Gurmendi (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Malana Gurmendi (No. 5) kicks the ball away from Chatfield High School's Hannah Anderson (No. 9) during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Kyla Stroker (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Kyla Stroker (No. 7) moves the ball up the field in the game against Chatfield High School during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Madison Shove (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Madison Shove (No. 8) tries to get the ball from Chatfield High School's goal keeper Aly Green (No. 1) during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Sydney Boyd (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Sydney Boyd (No. 6) tries to shoot the ball past Chatfield High School's Hannah Anderson (No. 9) during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Payton Larson (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Payton Larson (No. 14) and Chatfield High School's Anna Snodgrass (No. 24) battle for the ball during the first round of playoffs in Boulder on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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Fairview girls soccer scoring leader Claire Silverman was feeling under the weather for the Knights’ opening round playoff game Tuesday night. It’s something that’s been going around the school, her coach said.

So, while donning sweats on the sideline, Silverman’s availability appeared relegated to support from afar — that is, until her unexpected entry 10 minutes deep into the second half of a scoreless affair. A setup made up of the stuff of athletic lore, she didn’t disappoint.

Silverman — golden, man – netted a go-ahead goal with 3 minutes, 47 seconds remaining that didn’t stick, only to hit the game-winner in overtime to send No. 15 seed Fairview past No. 18 Chatfield, 2-1, and into the Class 5A second round.

“I’m definitely a little tired,” she said afterward. “But it’s an awesome feeling.”

As the sun went down and the lights turned on at Fairview’s turf field, Silverman took center stage. Her 77th-minute goal seemed to write a picturesque ending before it was answered by Chatfield’s Hannah Anderson with just 30 seconds remaining.

An early offensive rally for the Chargers to start the extra period was then thwarted by backup keeper Rhys Linnenburger, who was in for injured starter Alyson Campbell. It kept things alive for a free kick from Kyla Stroker the other way, the start to a magnificent end for the host Knights.

Stroker’s ball in the 87th sliced brilliantly into the box as the big moment again found Silverman. It drifted past a line of defenders, and the junior jumped and extended her left foot to redirect it out of the air and into the opposite corner of the net.

Silverman stood stoically, clearly exhausted, as her teammates mobbed her in celebration.

“Having a kid roll out of being sick to put in two goals and keep your playoff run alive is fantastic,” coach Steve Griggs said. His smile never wavered.

Silverman, too sick to play after testing it in pregame warmups, told her coach she wanted to try to go in after halftime. Griggs subbed her onto the field with 30 minutes left in regulation, and she took a shot just 30 seconds into her stint.

She was fouled twice after that, setting up a pair of nice chances that just missed. She then finished a loose ball in the middle of the box after a corner kick to put Fairview ahead briefly. On the back end of a set play her team had tirelessly practiced the day before, she found room on the left side to finish things.

“Just start of the second half, it was 0-0, and I wanted to go in,” she said. “I just wanted to go in and try to make something happen. (Coach) said get warmed up and go in as long as I could.”

With the canceled 2020 spring season, followed by a shortened postseason slate due to the pandemic last year, the victory was Fairview’s first in the playoffs since 2019.

Next, the Knights will travel Friday to face No. 2 Broomfield, which beat Brighton 8-0 on Tuesday. Griggs said his team has wanted a rematch since it fell to the Eagles 1-0 in league play back in March.

And no better way to go into it after Silverman’s night for the ages.

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