Noah Grage's first varsity goal gives Cheyenne Mountain win over TCA

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Photo - Cheyenne Mountain players celebrate their goal in overtime during the Cheyenne Mountain and TCA soccer game at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Cheyenne Mountain players celebrate their goal in overtime during the Cheyenne Mountain and TCA soccer game at Cheyenne Mountain High School on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

Cheyenne Mountain sophomore Noah Grage may never forget Thursday night.

The midfielder saw the ball bouncing toward him, turned and fired a high shot into the corner of the net to upend Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 The Classical Academy 2-1 in overtime.

"I am in a dream right now," he said. "This is my first varsity goal in my first varsity game. I still can't believe it."

The game-winner in the 85th minute, halfway through overtime, continued a strong start for the No. 2 Indians, who are 4-0 with wins already over 4A state runner-up TCA and defending 5A champ Broomfield. It's a nonconference boys' soccer victory sure to be noticed around the state.

"When we looked at the schedule we realized we could be 0-4 by now or any combination," Indians coach Tomas Martinez said. "We just wanted to keep the guys positive and confident no matter what happened."

Being confident will not be a problem for the Indians.

TCA tied the game at 1 in the 50th minute off an impressive hard-angle goal by Jake Slater, who fired the ball from just inside the back line. Indians goalkeeper Will Thompson managed to deflect the shot, but it ended up just inside the far post.

The tying goal did not spoil a strong defensive effort by two of the state's best 4A teams. It was the kind of loss for the Titans (1-1) that coach Blake Galvin can accept.

"We did a lot of good things tonight," he said after the Titans dominated possession over the final 25 minutes of regulation and the first four of OT. "We're on the right path. It's hard to call tonight a loss because we did things we can build upon."

Indians senior forward Luke White scored his fourth goal on a hard shot from 27 yards out that the TCA goalie partially deflected.

But the shot had enough power to continue the remaining 25 yards into the opposite corner of the Titans net before TCA defender Chris Chasteen could run it down.

It was the kind of opportunistic score the Indians needed against a team like the Titans.

"No one expected this of us," Grage said. "We lost eight seniors and we have a lot of young guys but we just kept believing. They're a great team over there and they took it to us but we ended up getting the win. That's what matters."