BROOMFIELD - Sometimes it helps to have a little luck on your side, and that was the case for the Kent Denver soccer team last Friday.
The fifth-seeded Sun Devils found scoring hard to come by in the Class 3A quarterfinals match with No. 4 Holy Family, but Cole Evans netted two goals to help the Sun Devils edge the Tigers 2-1 and advance to the semifinals.
“It comes in waves and we rode a couple of the waves and had some luck,” Kent Denver’s coach Aran Smith said. “Cole hit some great shots and it broke our way.”
The Sun Devils will now face Faith Christian on Wednesday in the semifinals (results unavailable at press time); last season the Eagles beat Classical Academy 1-0 to win the state title. It will be the second year in a row that Kent Denver has advanced to the state semifinals.
“We need a good team effort like we did (Friday) and I think we have the passion to make it,” Evans said.
After a scoreless first half, Smith told his team at halftime that their goals were going to come from free kicks and that was the case in the second half.
Evans broke the scoring drought three minutes into the half when took advantage of a miscommunication on the defense and rebounded a shot to get Kent Denver on board.
The Tigers scored their lone goal midway through the second half when Preston Arguello broke past the defense and got a shot past Sun Devils’ keeper Mark Siegel.
However, Lewis sealed the win for Kent Denver at 73-minute mark after drilling a free kick from 50 yards out that sailed into the top left corner of the net.
“We knew they were really dangerous on those (free kicks),” Holy Family’s coach Kathy Hagan said.
The Tigers did have several scoring chances throughout the game, but couldn’t capitalize.
Patrick Borer’s header was stopped by Siegel; the keeper also stopped shots by Brandon Floyd and Arguello in the second half and Nate Dalton’s attempt also bounced off of the crossbar.
“We have made a commitment to playing good defense all year. The defense bent (Friday), but it didn’t break,” Smith said.