State 4A soccer: Two late goals end Riverdale Ridge's season

Ravens hang tough in first state tournament match

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COLORADO SPRINGS -- Cheyenne Mountain put an end to Riverdale Ridge's soccer season in Colorado Springs Oct. 28.

But it wasn't without a struggle.

The Indians' Jonathan Diaz Mendoza scored twice in the last 10 minutes of the second half to give CMHS a 2-0 win in the opening round of the state 4A soccer playoffs.

"We went toe to toe with them," FLHS coach Archie Suniga said. "It took a shot from 40 yards out to break the deadlock. Hats off to Cheyenne Mountain. They've been here plenty of times. They are a great team. We're young. We'll be back,."

RRHS' defense in general and goalkeeper Sebastian Delgadillo in particular kept the Ravens close through the match. He made nine saves, including three sprawling efforts, to keep the Ravens in the contest.

His first was in the 25th minute off a shot by Eric Sung who motored in behind Riverdale's defense. The second was in the 40th minute off a shot by Luke DePeppe. The third was in the 52nd minute.

"Sebastian has been outstanding all year long. He's kept us in a lot of games. He kept us in this one," Suniga said. "We couldn't get much attack going. We were absorbing a lot of pressure. Hats off to Sebastian. It could have been 2-0 at halftime without him. He's played his tail off for us."

RRHS' offense had its troubles. The only shot from the Ravens came in the 67th minute of play. Four minutes later, Diaz Mendoza unleashed the first of his two goals .. this from 40 yards out.

"Playoff soccer is a little different from regular season soccer," Suniga said. "It's faster. It's quicker. We have to learn to play quicker. The boys adjusted well; the defense played well. We played well to the end."

RRHS won three games a season ago. This year, the record was 10-4-1.

"I told the boys at the end. The loss stings," Suniga said. "There's nothing you can say that's going to take that away. The pro of it is the school has been around four years. They've only had a soccer program for three years .. this is the third year. Here we are .. 26th in the state. We gained seven wins from last season. We made it to the first round of the playoffs."

The Ravens have to find replacements for three seniors.

"Riverdale Ridge will be back," Suniga said. "We went toe to toe with a really good team. Everyone played their tails off. We get everybody back, and Riverdale will be in the playoffs again. You keep moving forward. We start getting ready for next season.

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