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Gazette Premium Content Girls' soccer: Sand Creek knocking down barriers by knocking out Silver Creek

By Scott Kaniewski Updated: May 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Sand Creek had never hosted a playoff game. Never won a playoff game. And obviously, never reached the state quarterfinals since opening in 1997.

Scratch all three of those off the Scorpions' to-do list.

Sand Creek scored four times in the first 16 minutes - all well within the 18-yard box of Silver Creek's goal - and the third-seeded Scorpions secured their first trip to the quarters with a 4-1 win over No. 14 Silver Creek in Saturday's second round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Sand Creek.

The Scorpions host No.?11 Palmer Ridge on Wednesday.

Left wing Mandy Timmermeyer torched the Raptors all day and right from the start. Timmermeyer scored twice in the first 10 minutes to give the Scorpions a 2-0 lead. And neither goal had to be struck from far. She opened the scoring after Silver Creek's goalie dropped the ball and Lauren Vyvlecka jumped on it. Vyvlecka, with no shot at net, found an open Timmermeyer who chipped it into the empty net.

Four minutes later, Timmermeyer tapped in from about 6 yards.

"I usually don't make those, because I'm a bad shot," Timmermeyer joked about her first goal.

Vyvlecka then got her own all-but-empty-net goal. The senior, for some reason all alone inside the box, corralled a pass, had time to take a touch before easily scoring.

"We connect so well," Vyvlecka said. "We pass around so easy, it's like a second nature to us."

Getting off to such a quick start is by design.

"That's just our team mentality," Sand Creek coach Craig Decker said. "We try to come out right away with quick passing before the other team knows what hits them."

Ashley Ramsey scored on a set-piece header to put the game out of reach 4-0.

All the indoor soccer the Scorpions play continues to pay off outdoors.

"It helps so much in outdoor," Timmermeyer said. "We're a team that connects the ball constantly, always passing. It's something we have a head up on other teams."

The defense was nearly as impressive as the offense, holding Silver Creek to two shots on goal.

Going out as a senior and at the least reaching the quarterfinals has the Scorpions excited.

"It's an amazing feeling," Vyvlecka said. "We've worked so hard to get to where we are. Every game we just keep our heads in, we come out hard and we just work as a team to be successful."

Next up is Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rival Palmer Ridge, which beat the Scorpions in league play 1-0 earlier this season. The Bears topped Wheat Ridge 1-0 Saturday.

"That's a game where we know we're going to get there," Timmermeyer said. "They beat us once, they got lucky. And this time we'll beat them."

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