Pine Creek advances in girls' soccer playoffs, only local 5A team left standing

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Photo - FILE - Pine Creek defeated Brighton 5-0 at D-20 Stadium on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (JERILEE BENNETT/THE GAZETTE)
FILE - Pine Creek defeated Brighton 5-0 at D-20 Stadium on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (JERILEE BENNETT/THE GAZETTE)

Last week the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League wrapped up in a three-way tie between Pine Creek, Doherty and Rampart with all three earning playoff berths.

After the first round of the 5A state playoffs, Pine Creek is the only one of the three still standing after the No. 14 Eagles (12-4) handed No. 19 Prairie View (15-1) its only loss in a 2-0 victory Tuesday night at District 20 Stadium.

The Eagles will face No. 3 Mountain Vista on Friday in the second round.

Earlier Tuesday, Doherty fell to Cherry Creek 7-0 and Rampart was ousted by Regis 2-0.

Less than two minutes into the game, Athena Kuehn took a shot from 15 yards out and put the ball in the left corner of the net to give Pine Creek a 1-0 lead with 38 minutes, 43 seconds to play in the first.

"Natasha Wehner played a great ball to me," said Kuehn of her ninth goal this year. "I think that we were all just so excited and all just working so hard that it came quick, but I felt like we worked hard to get it in the beginning and then we held it the rest of the first half."

Pine Creek had plenty of opportunities to create some distance, but the Eagles had trouble finishing and took a 1-0 lead at the break.

"Frustrating is the right word overall because I think we had so many chances," Pine Creek coach John Frederick said. "I think (the stats keeper) told me we had 38 shots and only like half of them were on goal."

Prairie View's lone shot on goal in the first came with 10:24 left on a free kick that landed in the arms of goalkeeper Jade Odom.

"Our defense really was solid," Odom said. "We had a wall, so it was nice."

With 7:37 left to play, the Eagles scored a goal by Myah Isais for her sixth this season.

Tuesday marked the ninth consecutive time that the Eagles have advanced to the second round. The last time the Eagles fell in the first round was in 2008 against Legacy. A season ago Pine Creek lost in the second to Broomfield. The Eagles have never played in the title game.

Friday's matchup against Mountain Vista will be the second meeting between the two teams. Pine Creek lost 4-2 on May 1. This time, the Eagles will have Odom, who didn't play in the first meeting, in net.

Frederick is hoping his team will do a better job of finishing in the second round.

"Hopefully when we play Mountain Vista we score with the opportunities that we have because we hung with them the last time that we played them and played really well," Frederick said. "Jade will be a difference maker."