Granby " Middle Park girls soccer team falls just short in first playoff game |

Granby " Middle Park girls soccer team falls just short in first playoff game

Byron Hetzler
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

The Middle Park girls soccer team wrapped up its best season ever with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Aspen in the first round of the 3A state playoffs on Tuesday in Granby.

The Lady Panthers went into the game as the No. 9 seed and faced an Aspen team seeded 24th. This was Middle Park’s first appearance in the tournament.

Aspen took the lead in the 20th minute on a penalty kick after Middle Park was called for a foul in the penalty area.

The Skiers then went up 2-0 midway in the second half on a 25-yard shot that got past Middle Park goalkeeper Emily Abbott.

Despite being two goals down, Middle Park dominated possession much of the game, outshooting Aspen 15-3. “We had several good scoring opportunities,” said head coach Molly Jordan. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t put them in the net and we hit the crossbar five times.”

Jordan applauded the effort of her players.

“They did everything they needed to do ” they all left it on the field.”

The Lady Panthers got on the scoreboard with a late goal by sophomore Hannah Levett on a free kick.

“Overall, our girls played the best collective single game in the past five years,” Jordan said. “It was a frustrating way to end a memorable season.”

“It was devastating for the girls, because of how hard they have worked, how committed they are and how much they love the sport of soccer,” she added.

Middle Park finished the season with a 14-2 overall record and went undefeated (10-0) in 3A District 3. “Every goal the team set was met,” Jordan said.