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LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s boys soccer team made some history Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Rebels (9-5, 4-3 in Class 5A Jeffco League) clinched a winning regular-season record …
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LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s boys soccer team made some history Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Lakewood Memorial Field.
The Rebels (9-5, 4-3 in Class 5A Jeffco League) clinched a winning regular-season record for the first time since the 2014 season with a 2-1 victory over rival Chatfield.
“Our goal is playoffs,” Columbine junior Ty Santangelo said after the Rebels also ended a 5-game losing streak to Chatfield that dated back to the 2016 season. “This was a big win to attain that goal.”
Santangelo put in the eventual game-winning goal in the 64th minute on a direct free-kick that beat Chatfield senior goalie Logan Tangye. The junior delivered in the pressure situation with the game tied at 1-1.
“I saw the way the wall was angled. The keeper kind of wanted me to go to the far post. I kind of saw him leaning one way,” Santangelo said. “I knew if I could get it over the wall and with the grass already wet the ball was skid into the goal.”
Columbine and Chatfield both had scoring chances late, but the goal by Santangelo held up to give the Rebels the victory.
“That was just a great up and over the wall,” Columbine coach Brian Todd said of the eventual game-winning goal. “It was great placement. It’s extremely tough for a goal keeper to get to that side that the wall is covering. It was a perfect strike. We had two unbelievable strikes tonight that gave us the win.”
The other Columbine goal came off the foot of junior Brian Marshall in the 27th minute that put the Rebels up 1-0. Santangelo took a corner kick that got headed out to Marshall, who rocketed a shot into the back of the net for the first goal.
“Someone called it world class. You don’t see that except on the highest levels,” Todd said of Marshall’s goal. “Brian Marshall is a kid who can really strike the ball. He has the technique to do it. It’s a moment in his life that he’ll remember forever.”
Chatfield (8-6, 5-2) tied the game at 1-1 in the 47th minute. A corner kick by senior Mino Elze was headed by junior Christian Miller. Miller’s redirection perfectly placed the ball over the heads of Columbine goalie Chase Heck.
The Chargers rebounded with a key 2-0 victory over Lakewood on Oct. 15 that will help Chatfield to make the 32-team playoff field. Chatfield was No. 29 in the RPI standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
Chatfield wraps up its regular season against conference-leading and No. 5-ranked Valor Christian on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Lakewood Memorial Field.
Columbine — No. 21 in the RPI — hit the road to face Arvada West on Oct. 20, at the North Area Athletic Complex.
“We needed a couple more wins,” Todd said of the Rebels’ first trip to the playoffs since 2014. “This was a big win. Being a win over our rival makes it super fun. Chatfield is a great team.”
Dennis Pleuss is the Sports Information Director for Jeffco Public Schools. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com.
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