GREENWOOD VILLAGE--Cherry Creek's mile-high magic finally wore off, and Fossil Ridge pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Colorado soccer playoff history.
Coming into the first round 5A playoff game, the No. 30 Sabercats were just 5-9 overall, while the No. 3 ranked Bruins had yet to lose a game to an in-state opponent all season.
That all changed Thursday night, as Fossil Ridge knocked out Creek with a 2-1 overtime victory.
The Sabercats were trailing 1-0 at halftime to the heavily-favored Bruins, but managed to force overtime before Sophomore Tyler Hause found the back of the net to seal the upset win.
"I didn't really know what happened," Hause said. "I thought it wasn't going to go in, so when it did, it was really exciting."
Creek got on the board first when Morey Schneider beat the Fossil Ridge keeper to a through ball and lofted one into the back corner of the net just before halftime.
But, despite the deficit and the overwhelming odds, the Sabercats hung tough.
"Our coaches told us to keep our heads up," Hause said. "They said we were playing great, especially against the number three ranked team in the state."
They played even better from then on out.
In the second half, Matt Wilhelm evened things up with an amazing free-kick goal from about 40-yards away.
That set up the game-winner in extra time, when Hause connected on a throw-in that landed perfectly in front of him right outside the net.
The score sent the Fossil Ridge players into a frenzy, and the team into the round of 16 in the 5A state playoffs.