3A Colorado Soccer State Championship Final

I was real happy covering the State Championships for 3A, 4A, and 5A soccer in Colorado this year.  The games were to be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids play, so it was a stadium I was very familiar with.

Weather was suppose to be bad, but other than the skies being overcast, and the air being a little brisk, it looked like it was going to be a pretty good day for some soccer.  On my way over from Arvada to Commerce City to the stadium it was kind of spitting rain.  So when I got to the park, I had to make a decision.  I really wanted to set up a goal camera remote, but if it was raining, I did not want to do that.  So, I made the decision to not set up the remote.  Boy, I am glad I made that choice.

The game started, and it did not take lone for some slush to start falling.  And soon after the slush, it started to hail.  Just little hail pellets were falling, but the temperature had started to fall, and by halftime it was snowing.  And that was just the beginning.

When Kent Denver and Colorado Academy took the pitch, the game looked pretty well matched, but when the hail and snow started to fall, play started to get a little sloppy.  Players started to slow down, the balls were getting very slick, and more than a few players were falling down due to the slick grass on the pitch.

But, despite the poor conditions, Colorado Academy went up 1-0 over Kent Denver by halftime.  The snow would start to let up a bit, but then it would come back harder.  Clouds were really affecting things too….dark clouds would roll through, dropping lighting of the stadium to a point that they had to turn on the Rapids game lights.

The second half went scoreless, and at the end of the game, Colorado Academy had captured the 3A soccer state championship over Kent Denver.  The last two photos bellow are of the celebration that ensued after the final whistle as viewed from the press box.

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November 10, 2012: A Colorado Academy player dribbles the ball up the field against Kent Denver in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Colorado Academy player is out jumped by a Kent Denver player for a header in front of the Kent Denver goal in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Kent Denver player brings the ball up the field past the Colorado Academy defense in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Colorado Academy player heads the ball up the field over a Kent Denver player in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Colorado Academy player and a player from Kent Denver chase after a loose ball in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Colorado Academy player handles the ball in the 3A State Championship Soccer game against Kent Denver at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Kent Denver player calls for the ball as he runs into the box past the Colorado Academy defense in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: A Kent Denver player (in blue) slide tackles a player from Colorado Academy in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: The Colorado Academy players slide across the field in celebration of their 1-0 win over Kent Denver in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

November 10, 2012: The Colorado Academy players hold their championship trophy over their heads after their 1-0 win over Kent Denver in the 3A State Championship Soccer game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

 

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