When Doherty coach Craig Decker talked about the ideal outcome for the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League Girls' Soccer All-Star Game, he said it was the rare occasion where a tie would be a good result.
Saturday, Decker got his wish.
The red team - made up of players from Pine Creek, Liberty, Palmer and Fountain-Fort Carson - and the blue team - containing players from Doherty, Rampart and Coronado - were tied when time expired.
The game eventually went to a shootout, where the blue team prevailed, but Decker's goal of holding a competitive, even game was ultimately achieved, even if the players weren't as keen on settling for a tie.
"The last five minutes, you could tell the girls wanted to win," Decker said. "That's typical in an All-Star game, and we were debating on ending in a tie at the end or doing a shootout. ... We just wanted to do a shootout and have some fun, and that's what happened."
Decker was right, as the players' competitiveness was evident late in the game. After the blue team had taken a 2-0 lead into halftime, with goals from Doherty's Beacon Meier and her teammate Mykiaa Minniss, the red team pulled even thanks to Liberty's Alexis Flores' two goals.
Then, in one last rush, the blue team had an opportunity in front of the net. But the goalkeeper, Pine Creek's Jade Odom, held strong and stopped the would-be goal with her legs.
"They were telling me, 'Let in the goal. Let in the goal,'" Odom said. "And then when I made that save, they were like, 'Jade, what the heck?' But I'm not trying to lose. I'm a very competitive person. I like to win."
The game served as a last hurrah for the high school soccer season. And in some cases, like that of Doherty goalkeeper Riley Furbush, the game was the final high school soccer game of the senior's careers.
Furbush, who's going on to play for Wyoming, was already on her college campus. But she came back to play one last game with her teammates and the other all-stars.
"It's really nice seeing all my friends, but also touching base with all the people that I'm going to play with or play against," Furbush said. "I was really excited for all of that, and it's nice to come back to my roots."
Added Decker: "In a couple of weeks they're all going into their club lives and college and all those different things. But, I don't know, high school sports, I just love high school sports. It's so pure, and to see these girls representing their school one more time, and then having the Doherty players play with the Rampart players when we battled during the season, and having them joke on the sideline, it's just cool. It's really cool."