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Jefferson Academy and Fort Lupton played in the class 3A soccer quarterfinals in November, and it was a close match that went the way of the Jaguars.
Ten months later, the two teams played again …
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Ten months later, the two teams played again -- this time in Fort Lupton -- and there are those who think the rematch was better than the first.
The outcome was the same. The Jaguars' Chrisly Kelly-Cannon scored his second goal with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second overtime to give JA a 3-2 win over the Bluedevils.
"It's a tough one to swallow," FHS coach Kyle Reddy said. "We had them (FLHS had a 2-1 lead late in the second half). They were scared. The coach said so. He told his boys there were three reasons they were scared. They slipped away with one last year. Then they had to come up here, and he knows how nitty-gritty my team is."
Troy Brown of the Jaguars opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Fort Lupton answered with goals by Santiago Gonzles in the 23rd minute and one by Caleb Adam in the 45th minute.
Fort Lupton played short-handed for the last 35 minutes of the match because of a red card, and that gave the Jaguars the opening they needed. Kelly-Cannon tied the score in the 67th minute. Three minutes later, JA had a chance to take the lead on a penalty kick. But FLHS netminder Jesus Vasquez came up with the save to eventually push the game into overtime.
"They battled. I'm still proud of these boys," Reddy said. "My freshmen have been showing up. They come out and perform. The freshmen played in the JV game, then were ready to play in the varsity game,."
FLHS outshot the Jaguars 20-17. Reddy called Vasquez the player of the match.
"He apologized. He was crying," Reddy said. "I told him he had nothing to apologize for, that one goal doesn't define you. He did hs best, and he kept us in the game multiple times. He had 20-something saves. He was the man of the match by far."
The Bluedevils take a 2-2 record into play next week. One match is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Bennett. The second match of the week is at Bruce Randolph School at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
"We fight. We don't give up," Reddy said. "You could be the best team on the field, or you can be the worst team on the field. Who's got that fire inside them is going to get the win. My boys didn't quit. I tried to pull some of the boys off the field because they were cramping., They said 'no,' and I said, 'OK.'
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