LAKEWOOD — Whether Kylee Petrik has a clock in her head or not can be debated. Literally, we know that she doesn’t, but figuratively, it certainly seems possible.
The Evergreen Lady Cougars sophomore certainly knew, even if she didn’t peek at the scoreboard, that time was winding down on her team’s game with Wheat Ridge on April 19 at Lakewood Memorial Field. Apparently teammate Zoe Peterson did as well. It was Peterson’s feed from the right side that found Petrik, who skirted the game’s lone goal past goalkeeper Carly Manahan in the 79th minute for a 1-0 EHS victory.
The win keeps Evergreen (5-4-1, 4-0 4A Jeffco League) undefeated alongside Green Mountain in conference play and also exorcized some demons. The Lady Cougars scored a rare win over Wheat Ridge.
“This is a program that has not beaten Wheat Ridge in I don’t know how long — a very long time. I bet it’s been 10 years or more,” said Evergreen head coach Peter Jeans. “For them to win this game, you got to get the monkey off your back at the same time. To have them win this game is amazing.”
Both teams had their chances to score earlier, with Evergreen nearly punching home a goal after a scrum in front of the Wheat Ridge (8-2-1, 2-1-1) net in the 23rd minute, and then Lady Cougars senior Brooke Phillips backing up goaltender Sarah Temple on a Wheat Ridge threat in the 37th minute.
Wheat Ridge had two more shots in the 42nd minute — one off the crossbar — but couldn’t push the ball past goalkeeper Natalie Ulfig. That’s where the game stood until Petrik scored her third goal of the season with 1 minute, 39 seconds left.
“It was crazy. I knew we had to win this one to keep going further. It’s awesome,” Petrik said.
It was the second 1-0 victory of the season for Evergreen, which included a win two weeks earlier against D’Evelyn in similar fashion. That time Peterson scored in the final three minutes.
“We’ve had two games, big games so far this year, where we’ve scored with two or three minutes to play in a scoreless game, and we won 1-0,” Jeans said. “It’s an empty feeling when you lose it, but it’s awesome when you win them like that.”
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