Montrose falls in 2OT to Mullen in playoffs

The Montrose girls soccer team gave Mullen all it could handle before losing 2-1 in double overtime Friday in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Mustangs’ Bridget Schafer scored the game-winner seven minutes into the second, 15-minute overtime after a shot hit the cross bar and bounced into the middle of the six-yard box. There, it hit at least three people before Schafer finally kicked it into the net, Montrose coach Jamie Gurule said.

“It was one hell of a game, I tell you what,” Gurule said.

The teams traded goals off headers on corner kicks during regulation. Mullen struck first, 18 minutes, 20 seconds into the contest, and led 1-0 at the half.

Four minutes into the second half, the Indians’ Amanda Thoe lofted a corner kick that McKinley Kane headed in for the equalizer.

“I had told her to move into the center of the box, and when the ball gets there, head it in,” Gurule said. “And the ball went right to her. She said, ‘I closed my eyes, it hit my head, and it went in.’ She was honest.”

The 10th-seeded Indians had the momentum at that point but weren’t able to capitalize.

“We put them on their heels for about 10 minutes,” Gurule said. “I thought we were going to get another one.”

Meanwhile, Montrose goalie Grace Halbach did her part to hold off the Mustangs, making 17 saves.

Montrose finished the season 12-5, and Gurule summed up the year with: “It was a stellar season. It was teamwork across the board.”

Mullen, the state’s seventh seed, improved to 10-4-3 and advances to a state quarterfinal Tuesday against second-seeded Broomfield (13-2-1), a 6-1 winner Friday over Pueblo South.


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