10 Shot – HS Soccer – Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

HS Soccer – CHSAA 5A Playoffs – First Round

Ok, I know Colorado State University is in Ft. Collins and their mascot is a Ram (he was pretty tiny compared to the University of Colorado Buffaloes mascot Ralphie, but that is another story), but are you really going to name your high school mascot Lambkins?  I guess so as the Ft. Collins High School Lambkins made the trip down to the NAAC to play Ralston Valley in the first round of the CHSAA 5A State Soccer Playoffs.

After the penalty kick….wait, kicks from the mark ending to the first game of the double header, it was dark and cold and I had to pull out the flash to shoot this game.  Again, I hate using flash for soccer.  It just doesn’t work well.  But, I did, and I came away with a few good shots.

Unfortunately for the higher seeded Mustangs, the Ft. Collins team scored in the 9th minute of the game, and that was all they needed to knock off the Ralston Valley Mustangs.  With a 1-0 victory, the Lambkins move on to the next round and the Mustangs season comes to an end.

One positive from this game, the officiating crew was one of the best crews on the pitch this season.  They handled themselves and the game very well, as they have all season.  Well done.

Here is my 10 Shot from the game.

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs junior goalkeeper Tony Celano (1) winds up to kick the ball down field in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ft. Collins Lambkins at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs sophomore Ryan Jones (6) controls the ball in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ft. Collins Lambkins at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ft. Collins Lambkins sophomore Robby Evans (21) attempts to head the ball towards the goal in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ft. Collins Lambkins junior forward Josh Nelson (10) battles with Ralston Valley Mustangs senior defender Justin Flock (16) for control of the ball in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs senior defender Justin Flock (16) takes a goal kick in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ft. Collins Lambkins at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ft. Collins Lambkins senior defender Austin Rudd (3) collects the ball near the corner of the pitch in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ft. Collins Lambkins junior goalkeeper Jack Jordan (1) looks down the field before returning the ball into play in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ralston Valley Mustangs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs senior Nathan Huber (7) comes out of a pile with control of the ball in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ft. Collins Lambkins at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs senior defender Justin Flock (16) drives the ball up field in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game against the Ft. Collins Lambkins at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

10 Shot - HS Soccer - Ft. Collins at Ralston Valley

October 24, 2013: Ralston Valley Mustangs senior Trey Wager (15) attempts to take the ball past Ft. Collins Lambkins freshman midfielder Destan Norman (23) in the first round CHSAA 5A playoff game at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

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