The Classical Academy girls’ soccer team won’t be able to take a double-digit win streak to the playoffs following Friday night’s home 2-1 loss to Valor Christian, but the Titans (11-2-2) do feel better about their preparation for the postseason.
The Titans entered the game having won nine straight, including an 8-0 run through the Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League where the Titans outscored opponents 73-0.
Then they played with the team ranked third in the latest CHSAA Class 4A RPI rankings.
“There’s absolutely no doubt about it, we’ve got to have a game like this in order to get prepped for the playoffs,” Titan coach Blake Galvin said.
The Titans had a couple chances early, as Grace Thompson saw a shot from distance sail just over the goal and Trinity Harvey had a shot saved in the first 10 minutes.
The Eagles (8-3-3) opened the scoring when freshman Jenna Siebert won a physical challenge with the last Titan defender, took a peek at goal to find Titan goalkeeper Lauren Fletcher off her line and put an arching shot into the side net.
About four minutes later, Valor senior Nicole Wright put a free kick from roughly 30 yards out into the top corner to double the lead.
“I think it took us a little while to get into the game and get into the speed of the game and that kind of thing,” Galvin said. “Once we got into it, we had our moments. The reality is that game could’ve gone either way.”
The Titans got a goal back when an attacker was taken down in the box with 1.8 seconds left in the first half. Senior Calista Schmidt put her penalty kick to the right of the Valor keeper to make it a one-goal game after 40 minutes.
The Titans failed to equalize in the second half, as Harvey’s shot in the final 15 seconds made for a routine save, but the showing left Thompson, one of the Titans' three senior captains, optimistic heading into the postseason.
“I feel like we played really well. I think we really held our own out there. I definitely want to see them again,” Thompson said.
“It’s really good to play teams like this to see where we are, where we stand before going into playoffs because our league is just not challenging.”