Laura and lower left lift Gallegos booters to title
The first is “a two-on-Laura.” The second is “lower left.”
In the championship against Littleton, it was Laura Silverstein’s goalkeeping, which included a sensational save in the second half on a two-on-zero (or Laura) breakaway, which sent the scoreless game eventually into a shootout. There, Gallegos won 4-3 – all on shots to the lower left of the net.
Tied at three, Michelle Dickson did the honors, and when Littleton’s last chance went wide left the celebration was on.
“The first thing that we did was to run over to Laura because she was such a big part of the victory,” Dickson said. “It was so sweet because a majority of our team is over 30 and their team had players mostly from 19-25. We had also lost to them before.”
Chalk it up to experience, poise or talent, Sunday was a good day for Gallegos. The team started the day with a 2-2 tie with Sopris on goals from Christina Aiello and Hillary Smith. With that tie, Gallegos earned a total of five points – three for the tie and two for the goals – which pushed the booters through into the final against Littleton.
The two teams’ pool-play game was tight and the final would be no different. But Silverstein came up big time after time.
“She had a couple of stops that were real head-turners,” Dickson said. “They had a two-on-Laura breakaway and Laura just maintained her patience and waited. The girl took her shot and it was Laura’s quick reflexes with her feet and she was able to deflect it. I thought for sure it was a goal.”
After two frenetic, five-minute overtime sessions, the title came to a three-person shootout. Gallegos won the toss and elected to shoot first. Emalyn Lay was cool as a cucumber and slammed her shot into the lower, left corner. After Silverstein made a clutch stop, Amy Riviere went lower left for a 2-0 lead.
Leading 2-1, Aiello hit the crossbar and Littleton tied the shootout at two after the regulation three shooters.
In sudden death, Amanda Grems went, yes, lower left, but Littleton responded. Dickson was next and, not surprisingly, was successful by going lower left. When Littleton missed on its final shot, the title went to Gallegos.
Pepi’s falls in OT in final
The Pepi’s men’s soccer team nearly joined the Gallegos women in the winner’s circle last weekend at the Colorado Mountain Cup.
Pepi’s won its pool, going 3-0, but fell in overtime in the final to Liga Carbondale 3-2.
“We were a little flat-footed for the first 10 minutes and Carbondale came out like Tigers,” Pepi’s coach Ante Peros said. “They just beat us to everything in the first 10 minutes.”
After those 10 minutes, Pepi’s found itself down 2-0, but the squad rallied. Jeff Hayslip served a beautiful corner kick to Edgar Mancera, who slammed it home.
With five minutes left in regulation, Nacen Grey was clutch with a penalty kick after Carbondale was called for a handball. Pepi’s almost ended it in the 88th minute with another penalty kick, but it was directed into the Carbondale wall.
Carbondale scored four minutes into overtime on a Victor Gallard goal.
“We had the momentum, but we missed some chances,” Peros said. “But I’m not going to take anything away from them. They played an excellent game and they have some good players.”
Earlier in the day, Pepi’s bounced Three Generations, 3-0, to wrap pool play. Gray, Miller Lewis and Hayslip scored for Pepi’s’.
“It was really a wonderful experience to play those guys,” Peros said. “They were actually three generations of a family, all Italian. The father was the goalie and the players were all cousins and brothers. They were all good players. It was fun to play them but, of course, we were definitely the stronger group.”
Pepi’s is next in action with a friendly at the Vail Athletic Field Sunday at noon against the Denver Kickers or the Liga Carbondale.