Sailors eliminated from state playoffs


— It took a series of overtimes for the Steamboat Sailors to bow out of the state playoffs Tuesday night.

At Broomfield's Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, the Sailors soccer team lost a heartbreaking quarterfinal contest to the host Eagles by one penalty shot.

After a scoreless tie in regulation, the highly ranked teams battled through two 15-minute overtimes and two shoot-outs before the No. 3-seeded Eagles pulled off a 1-0 victory.

Sailors coach Jim Dudley had nothing but praise for his team following the game.

"You got to be proud of them," Dudley said. "They went out in style. Broomfield knows they got stretched to the end."

The Sailors and Eagles connected on four penalty shots apiece in the first shoot-out.

But in the second shoot-out, which was a sudden-death period, the Eagles scored on their first attempt, while the Sailors missed the ensuing shot.

The win advanced Broomfield to the semifinals, where it now awaits the winner of today's Lewis-Palmer and Evergreen game.

Niwot and Mullen made it to the Final Four with wins Tuesday.

Mullen, the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 9 Legacy, 5-0.

Niwot, the No. 4 seed, advanced by knocking off No. 5 Liberty, 1-0.

The Sailors, who were seeded sixth in the playoffs, had their 12-game winning streak snapped.

Sailors goalkeeper Kelly Asbury finished with 12 saves, while the Eagles' Janae Wolfe had 14 saves.

Steamboat defender Cassidy Kurtz suffered a broken collarbone in the first half, Dudley said.


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