Apr. 23—After a 9-0-1 season and taking first in the 4A South-Central League, the Pueblo West boys soccer team fell to Erie High School 2-1 in the first round of the CHSAA Class 4A playoffs.
The game was close, a back-and-forth match between the Cyclones and Tigers — but it wasn’t until the second half of the game that either team scored.
“Unfortunately, in the first half, we didn’t put it in the net,” Pueblo West head coach Eric Young said. “I really feel like we out possessed the other team today. We had multiple opportunities to score in the first half, but that’s the game of soccer. You’ve got to put it in the net.”
At the beginning of the season, Young said his goal was to get the Cyclones to play a full game consistently. Though the team had trouble putting the ball in the net, Young said he felt the team was successful in reaching that goal.
“That was the best game they played other than finishing and putting it in the goal,” Young said. “The effort was consistent, how they were playing for each other was consistent. They worked really hard today, and I was proud.”
Ten minutes into the second half, Erie scored its first goal. Just twelve minutes later, Pueblo West senior Logan Stanley responded with the Cyclones’ first goal of the night.
From there, the intensity increased with both teams fighting for the win. But with just 13 seconds left, Erie scored again, securing the win and advancing in the playoffs.
While the season didn’t end the way Young had hoped, he said the highlight of the season was watching the way his team worked together.
“They are a great group of young men,” Young said. “They are willing to work hard, come together on a common goal. I’m just proud to be able to coach them.”
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