Late second half goal lifts No. 2 KIPP Denver soccer over No. 4 Jefferson

KIPP Denver beats Jefferson in soccer on Wednesday, October 12.

DENVER-- A simple crossbar was all that separated two of the top 5 teams in the state in boys' 3A soccer. 

On a free kick from just outside the box midway through the second half, Miguel Vargas of Jefferson shot a rocket that went over the keeper's head. 

Had the ball made contact an inch lower and hit the back of the net, the underdog Saints would have taken a 2-1 lead over the Tigers. 

Instead, it smacked off the top of the goal post. And, just a few minutes later, KIPP Denver's Jorge Gurrola scored the go-ahead goal to give the Tigers the 2-1 victory. 

One inch was the only difference. 

Early on, it looked like KIPP Denver would win comfortably when Jhovani Gonzalez found the back of the net just a few minutes after the opening whistle. 

But, Jefferson's Bryan Ascencio evened things up later in the first half when he sneaked one past the KIPP Denver goalie to make it 1-1. 

From then on, the teams traded scoring chances back and forth, before Gurrola capitalized on a rebound off his team's corner kick with about 12 minutes to go to seal the victory. 

With the win, the Tigers move to 8-0 conference play in the 3A Frontier league. 



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