ARVADA-- In what has become an all too familiar script for Standley Lake, it looked like Gators were well on their way to another 1-0 victory, their seventh of the season by that score.
Although, this one would have been slightly more significant than the other six.
That's because a win over D'Evelyn in the final game of the season would have made the Gators league champions.
Instead, Jaguars Sophomore Bert Li scored the equalizing goal in the second half to tie the game at 1-1.
That would end up being the final score, and the result gave D'Evelyn its second 4A Jefferson County league title in three seasons.
The two schools came into the final contest of the season in first and second place, respectively.
However, with a 5-1 league record, D'Evelyn simply needed a tie to stay ahead of the 4-1-1 Gators. The Jaguars did just that, but it wasn't easy.
Needing a win, Standley Lake came out and controlled the tempo in the first half. The Gators had several shots on goal, before finally capitalizing on a corner kick with twelve minutes to go.
That corner from Tate Minch found Erik Macias at the corner of the box, who then crossed it to Diego Macias. On a one-timer, the latter Macias found the back of the net to give the Gators a 1-0 advantage.
But, D'Evelyn would respond in the second half, when Senior captain Wesley Tedstrom lofted a ball down field to Li.
Li beat the Standley Lake keeper to the ball, and then finished with a wide open net to knot the game up at 1-1.
From there, both teams had several scoring opportunities, including many chances in the two overtime periods. However, both goalies stayed strong in net.
With the tie, the Jaguars finished the season with an overall record of 10-4-1, while the Gators ended things at 9-4-2.
Both teams will now wait to see where they fall in the 4A state playoff bracket.
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