Last Wednesday's opening round of soccer playoffs proved to be both exciting and disappointing. Delta's Panthers, playing Montrose for the first time in several years, fell victim to fatigue and cramping in a 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Indians in Montrose Oct. 23.
The Panthers proved they could play with the more experienced Montrose squad that got most of its toughness playing in the 5A division.
Delta built a 2-0 first-half lead on the leg of freshman sensation Abraham Ontiveros' two goals.
Montrose seemed to have more energy in the second half of play and tied the match at 2-2 late in the second half to force overtime.
The Panthers got busy in the waning stages of the opening half to score two goals with less than six minutes to play in the half.
Ontiveros looped a shot from the left side of goal that just made it over the keeper's hands into the back, right corner with about 5:30 remaining in the half.
Delta's second goal came on a line drive kick by Ontiveros with less than a minute to go in the half. Jack Bair assisted on Ontiveros' second score.
The Indians scored their first goal in the second half with nearly 30 minutes left in the second half. A goal at the eight-minute mark tied the match at 2-2 and forced an overtime period.
Both teams appeared tired in the overtime period and neither team was able to score to end the match.
A corner kick from the left side was headed into the net by Vijay Singh giving Montrose the 3-2 victory in the second overtime.
Montrose moved on to the next round where it faced number three Cheyenne Mountain (13-3) in Colorado Springs.
Battle Mountain (number eight) won its opening round match over Durango, 2-1, and advanced to the next round against number nine Niwot on Tuesday.
Delta finished the year at 12-3-1.blog comments powered by Disqus