Every time Doherty battled back, Cheyenne Mountain had an answer.
And that included the game-winner.
Less than two minutes after Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Doherty had tied Cheyenne Mountain at two goals apiece, the 4A Indians scored the final goal of the night, giving Cheyenne Mountain a 3-2 victory at Garry Berry Stadium on Wednesday night,
With just under nine minutes left, the Indians' Lisa Long found herself with the ball near the top of the 18-yard box. She took a touch past a Doherty defender and ripped a shot to the far side of the net to give Cheyenne Mountain (3-2) the win.
"I just took a touch in and hoped for the best," Long said. "Jamie (Burke) gave me a great ball, and all it needed was that first touch."
Before Long's strike, Doherty (0-2) had twice climbed even with Cheyenne Mountain.
It was Burke who opened the scoring at the 29-minute mark of the first half. The forward latched onto a pass over the top of the Doherty defense and calmly slotted the ball home.
On a free kick with less than eight minutes left in the half, Doherty's Mykiaa Minniss drove a low ball to 12 yards out, and Chaylaa Minniss was there waiting on the other end to deflect it in.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Cheyenne Mountain responded when Burke corralled the ball, dinked it over her defender, pushed just inside the box, and ripped a shot to the upper left corner of the net for the 2-1 advantage.
Hannah Haas again found the tying goal for Doherty with 11 minutes left, but that was all the scoring the Spartans could muster.
"We have to start with more intensity in both halves," Doherty coach Craig Decker said, noting that two of Cheyenne Mountain's goals came within the first 10 minutes of each half.
"That third goal (for Cheyenne Mountain) was a real backbreaker," he said. "But this is our second game, that was Cheyenne Mountain's fifth. It'll take us a while to get where we need to be."
Cheyenne Mountain coach Tomas Martinez was happy with the fight his team showed.
"(The game) wasn't a great representation of the teams," he said. "But the girls found a way to win, and I think that can help us when we move into conference games."
Long was happy with how her team stayed hungry.
"We dug deep to get the win and get ahead," she said. "Every time they tied it up, we came back stronger."