LAKEWOOD — The Wheat Ridge Farmers have been the soccer equivalent of a dump truck full of razor blades this season.
Anything in their path has been run over and cut to shreds.
Top-ranked and top-seeded in the Class 4A state soccer tournament, the Farmers were the kind of second-round opponents no one wanted to face. Seventeenth-seeded Evergreen, however, had to Saturday.
The young Cougars fought hard but could do nothing to stem a ferocious start by the Farmers as Evergreen’s season ended with a 6-0 loss at Lakewood Memorial Field.
The Farmers (16-0-0), who have now outscored their opponents 108-1 this season, scored all their goals by halftime and limited the Cougars to just two shots on goal.
Evergreen, which lost 4-0 to the Farmers in their Jefferson County League game this season, finishes its season 8-8-1.
“They came to play. Especially first half, they were on fire,” Cougars coach Whitney Walker said of the Farmers. “You know, touches left and right, quick shots, good shots, clean finishes. We kind of got down early. The second half was 0-0, but after you’re down six it doesn’t matter much. Too hard to dig out.”
Walker said the Cougars went with the same strategy they tried against the Farmers in the regular season – namely, trying to mark Farmers forward Annie Kunz out of the game. Wheat Ridge responded by showing off its depth and talent.
“Unfortunately, the rest of their players turned it on,” Walker said.
The Cougars advanced to the second round after knocking off 16th-seeded Glenwood Springs 4-3 in the second overtime on May 6. The Cougars trailed the Demons 2-0 in the first 15 minutes and rallied to take a 3-2 lead before the home team equalized less than seven minutes before the end of regulation.
Anya Kaufmann was the hero in overtime as she pounced on the loose ball following a save on a shot by teammate Haley Stading.