Valor Christian boys soccer coach Brian Schultz paused a minute to reflect on the journey his team went on this season.
The Eagles finished the season with an 8-2-1 record after the 10thseeded Eagles lost a 1-0 double overtime decision to seventh-seeded Castle View in a first round state playoff game played April 22 at Douglas County Stadium.
“It was a great season and we measure it by the journey and not necessarily by the result at the end,” said Schultz. “We had a tremendous journey.”
Valor’s journey ended when Tiernan Freiberger controlled a pass from Bailey Voit and scored with 9:45 played in the second, 15-minute overtime period.
The Eagles had chances to score during the match but couldn’t convert as Castle View goalie William Kopp was credited with 14 saves.
“You have to give credit to their team,” said Schultz referring to Castle View. “They were not easy to get behind. We got a number of balls into the box and had our opportunities and a few of them were inches away.
“But that was a great team we played and we scouted them. We knew they play a lot like us and we knew we would have to shut down the middle of the field on them. Our center mids did a great job.”
Freiberger took advantage of a two-on-two situation and tallied the game-winning goal.
“I aimed for the back left corner,” said the Sabercats’ senior. “He (Valor goalie) was out of position and the shot went right in. All our games this season have been close games. It was really cool to come out with a 1-0 win rather than a 1-0 loss. I was hoping it would not go to a shootout.”
Schultz was prepared for a shootout.
“We lost last season to Rock Canyon in a shootout,” he added. “It was 0-0 in double overtime so we were ready for another shootout but kudos to them. They got their counter attack and the guy put it away. I want to congratulate Castle View. They were first class.”