The Valor Eagles win advances them out of the second round of the Colorado State High School Athletic Association 4a playoffs. The Valor Christian High School team, last night, won with a thrilling, double overtime victory against the Lewis-Palmer High School Rangers. It is the first time in the history of the Valor boys program that the team has advanced beyond the second round. The team won on a golden goal scored by midfielder, Buddy Nelson, with just minutes to go in the second overtime period.
Rev. Brad Kenney, who serves as chaplain for the team, commented on the feelings before and after the game,
The coaches and myself, before the game, were sharing with the boys some of our own experiences and stories to encourage them and make them realize the importance of this game and moment. But, to be honest, no matter what stories we share – sometimes these boys need to realize that God is more interested in helping them to write their own story. And, to see them come out on the other side was emotional and thrilling as many of the boys have never made it to this level before.
The game was tightly contested by both teams. Lewis-Palmer, the home team and #2 seed in the state, had several chances on goal placing a lot of pressure on the #15th ranked Valor Eagles to find a result. Head Coach Brian Shultz remarked on the game,
I’m incredibly proud of the determination and fight the boys have shown in back to back matches. We’re grateful to the Lord for another chance to play and though banged up, we are very excited to go down to Durango and try to grind out another win on Saturday.
The Eagles will go on to face 7th ranked, Durango High School in Durango, CO this Saturday, November 6 at 11 am.