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Friday's prep roundup: Fountain Valley soccer run ends in quarterfinals

By: Neal Reid preps@gazette.com
November 1, 2013 Updated: November 2, 2013 at 6:52 am
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Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

BOYS' SOCCER

3A state tournament

No. 1 Colorado Academy 1, No. 25 Fountain Valley 0

At Colorado Academy: No. 25 Fountain Valley (10-7-1) had a half-dozen shots on goal, but came up short in the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament against defending state champion Colorado Academy (17-0-1).

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Danes, who made their coach proud with their march to the state quarters.

"It was close, and it was a very hard-fought game," first-year Fountain Valley coach Byron Dacy said. "Their goalkeeper made a great save on a free kick in the second half and made two or three great saves in the second half. We knew it was going to be a very tough task when we saw they were in our draw.

"I'm very proud of our boys, and we went farther than anybody expected."

Colorado Academy has not lost since the end of the 2011-12 season - a 2-1 defeat at the hands of St. Mary's - and is 36-0-2 in its last 38 games.

The Danes were a greatly improved squad compared to the first time they played Colorado Academy this season, a 3-0 loss on Sept. 21.

"We made a lot of progress from where we were a month and a half ago when we played them," Dacy said. "We defended really well. They were able to get a break on a cross, and our keeper made the first save on it. Their goalkeeper made the big saves when he needed to.

"We were right there with them and proved we can play with the top teams in the state. We've got a good base for next year."

VOLLEYBALL

4A Regionals

At Air Academy: The Kadets (20-4) survived a marathon match against Silver Creek (15-10) after a win over Green Mountain (12-12) to punch their ticket to the 4A state tournament.

"I'm so proud of them, because we were fighting through sickness and a couple of injuries," Air Academy coach Shelley Small said. "When one person was not feeling well or hurting, someone else stepped up and did a good job.We stuck with our game plan of playing a little deeper with our defense, and I think that was a key.

"It's new territory for Air Academy volleyball, and it's awfully exciting. We set a goal at the beginning of the season to go to state, and we just never looked back."

Air Academy defeated Green Mountain 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 in the No. 7 Kadets' opener. Air Academy followed that up with a five-setter, defeating Silver Creek 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-10.

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