Wildcats’ upset bid falls short in Denver

The opponent was tough enough and the weather conditions only made it worse.

Still, the Fruita Monument High School boys soccer team had a chance for an upset after the first half Tuesday in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Denver East, though, scored an early goal in the second half and added two more to defeat the Wildcats 4-0 at Denver East High School.

“We hung with them in the first half then everything fell apart,” Fruita coach Dan McKee said. “It was cold and rained the whole time. That was a big contributing factor.”

The No. 3 seed Angels (14-2) utilized their speed, scoring three breakaway goals. The fourth spun off Fruita goalkeeper Scott Mende’s hands and into the net.

Ashi Geberkidane scored two goals and had one assist for Denver East. Gage O’Dell scored one goal and had one assist. Elias Helbig also scored.

It was the fourth time this season Fruita (7-8) was shut out.

Fruita has lost four consecutive Class 5A playoff games in the first round, dating to 2004.

In Class 3A, Roaring Fork defeated Bruce Randolph 3-2 in the first round. The Rams (10-5) advance to play No. 2 seed Classical Academy (15-1) in the second round on Saturday.


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