Griffin Dorsey was on such an emotional high after Evergreen’s thrilling, almost unbelievable 3-2 victory over Windsor on Oct. 23 that he didn’t want to come down. Who could blame him?
The Cougars freshman scored an improbable, if not impossible, goal with 2 seconds remaining to send the host Evergreen High crowd into a frenzy mere seconds after the 4A boys soccer state playoff opener seemed destined to go into overtime.
Dorsey had absolutely no idea how much time was left on the clock when he slipped his game-winning shot past Wizards goalkeeper Josh Orellana, but he knew it was good.
“I knew it was going to count. There was no doubt about it,” Dorsey said. “I never heard a horn. I never heard anything.”
Windsor, the tournament’s No. 26 seed, knotted the score at 2-all when junior Jesse Waddell punched home a goal off a corner kick in which the Wizards brought Orellana into the box for an extra attacker. But their own excitement was short-lived.
“I could think of a few awesome moments, but that has to just about top it,” Evergreen head coach Peter Jeans said after the victory. “They got a goal that I can’t believe they scored with 37 seconds to play, and then my players obviously had resolve. Just about all of them came forward and said, ‘We are going to score,’ and they did with 2 seconds to play. Great goal.”
The win sent Evergreen (13-2-1) to a second-round encounter with 10th-seeded Valor Christian (11-5), which defeated Vista Peak 1-0 in the first round on Oct. 29 at Evergreen High School. The Cougars closed the regular season with a 3-1 win over Valor Christian. Evergreen won the second-round playoff game 4-0 to advance to the state quarterfinals at No. 2 Broomfield on Nov. 2. Start time for that game is 1 p.m.
Collin Molleur gave seventh-seeded Evergreen a 1-0 first-half lead in the 22nd minute before Windsor (10-5-1) tied the game early in the second half on a Christian Johnson breakaway. Evergreen recaptured the lead in the 62nd minute on Jackson Ingram’s tally, setting up the dramatic finish.
Jeans said the efforts of Griffin Wesley and Ryan Wilson to push the play forward in the closing seconds set up Dorsey’s goal.
“If there was any time left, we would’ve still gone for it,” Wesley said. “I was so angry (after the Windsor goal) that I didn’t know what was going through my head. I just got the ball, I saw the open space, and I just went at it.”
Dorsey’s initial cross was intercepted by Windsor, but Ryan Wilson won the ball back, dribbled forward and passed it over to Dorsey, who in turn found the net.
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