Published: May 20, 2014
On the surface, Cheyenne Mountain's playoff trail looks to have been a tough one the past three games.
Winning each game by 1-0 decisions, the Class 4A defending state champions don't seem to be steamrolling opponents.
Don't believe those final scores.
"A lot of the scores are misleading," Indians coach Tomas Martinez said Monday. "We're giving up two shots, or we're dominating possession. We haven't been in a lot of danger of losing, but we aren't blowing teams out."
Cheyenne Mountain (17-0-2), the top-ranked team in the 4A girls' soccer playoffs, takes on No. 2 Broomfield (16-1-1) on Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City at 5 p.m.
There has been little, if any, sense of worry or concern from the Indians in those tight games. That is because the games haven't been tight, according to Martinez. The Indians' possession game is chugging the same way it has the past two years, in which the Indians have gone a combined 34-2-3.
"We've got a methodical way we do things," Martinez said. "To score more than them it doesn't have to be by a lot."
After their first-round victory - an 8-0 defeat over No. 32 Woodland Park - the Indians have beaten No. 16 Ponderosa 1-0, No. 24 Evergreen 1-0 and No. 12 Green Mountain 1-0 in overtime.
It's not all that different from last year's title run. Cheyenne Mountain won the last three playoffs before the final by a combined four goals. That also carried them to the final against Broomfield, where the Indians won 2-0.
Each of this season's three 1-0 wins have come on goals courtesy of different players. Hannah Gerdin beat Ponderosa, Tori Burnett dispatched of Evergreen and Ellen Smith did the OT honors against Green Mountain.
All those goals are direct results of the Indians' dominating style of play.
"This is a good group of girls," Martinez said. "They know what we can do and what we're capable of. The ball is in our court as far as that goes."