Fossil soccer ends miraculous run, falls short of state title


Fossil falls short of the State title, losing 3-1 to Grandview in the finals

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

The Fossil Ridge soccer team were unable to complete their Cinderella run, losing 3-1 to the Grandview Wolves in the State title.

Fossil trailed early, down 2-0 heading into halftime. Fossil scored once in the second half with a goal from captain Will Boyle. The Wolves also scored another goal, keeping their two goal lead for the remainder of the game.

This was only the second time Fossil Ridge reached the Final Four, and the first time reaching the State Final. Fossil were the underdogs in all five games, and were forced into extra time for the first four. In total Fossil played around 500 minutes during their run, averaging 100 minutes of action per game.

The Sabercats had three players score multiple goals during the postseason. Seniors Nathan Riess and Pedro Peres both scored twice, and Will Boyle found the back of the net three times.

Goalkeeper Alex Seguin was a major part of the team’s run, only allowing seven goals across the five games, keeping Fossil alive with major saves during crucial periods. Seguin’s best performance came during the opening round against Cherry Creek, saving three of the four penalty kicks during the shootout, leading the Sabercats to victory.

Fossil will see a large change in their roster next year, as nine of their starters are seniors graduating this year. The Sabercats will now look towards players who have less experience at the varsity level, but the team has now achieved new heights and will look to go even higher.