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Mustangs hang on for likely Jeffco title win

Gators record incredible header goal but its not enough

Photo by Daniel Williams
Ralston Valley sophomore Alyssa Kaiser collides with Standley Lake senior Andra Thaden during the Mustangs’ crucial 3-2 league victory Friday at North Area Athletic Complex.
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- Not only did Ralston Valley take down Standley Lake but they also likely took home the 5A Jeffco league championship as well.

The No. 10 ranked Mustangs came out victorious in one of the most exciting games of the season as Ralston Valley hung on to beat the Gators 3-2, Friday at North Area Athletic Complex.

The win broke a three way tie atop the 5A Jeffco standing, and leaves the Mustangs with a full game lead over Columbine and Standley Lake with less than a week left in the season.

But the game could have easily gone the other way as the Gators fought for the full 80 minutes tying the game early in the second half with a spectacular header by junior Taylor McRae who scored off a sophomore Kat Lopez free kick.

That tied the contest 1-1 after Ralston Valley freshman Lindsay Guerrero’s late first half goal.

But Standley Lake would catch fire offensively in the second half after McRae’s header, getting a pair of goals just a couple minutes apart.

Junior Kasee Horton and sophomore Emma Musson both converted second half goals to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead which they needed because the Gators would score again to make it 3-2.

Standley Lake threatened to score the equalizer on a couple different occasions late in the game but Ralston Valley junior goaltender Renee Roemer made six saves that gave them the game, and perhaps even a Mustangs’ league title.

Ralston Valley, with their 6-1 5A Jeffco league record, sits on top of both Columbine and Standley Lake at 5-2., all with one league game left to play.

The Mustangs plays Columbine Tuesday (after our print date) but a Ralston Valley win or tie with secure a league championship.

But a win by Columbine could change everything. Assuming Standley Lake wins its final league game against Bear Creek, there would again be a three-way tie in the standings, forcing a tiebreaker (fewest goals allowed) to determine the league champs. Columbine has allowed one less goal than Ralston Valley, but depending on the score it could still be possible for Standley Lake to take the title.