GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Through nasty rain, an hour and 10 minute lightning delay, and harsh winds, No. 6 Cherry Creek beat No. 14 Air Academy 19-4 to move to the state semifinals.
Air Academy started off strong, putting the Bruins on their heels early, but the balance and power of the Cherry Creek offense was too much for the Kadets.
“We came out with a strong game plan, we knew what we needed to do. We knew beforehand there was going to be weather so we needed to keep composure and stay connected,” junior Isabel Anema said. “During the delay we made sure to stay pumped up. (We) came out afterwards and did what we needed to do.”
Three Bruins had hat-tricks, junior Hali Sibilia added four more assist to her totals. She sits in third in the state in that category. The Bruins used this huge win in the quarterfinals to prove to a lot of people that the Bruins are still contenders, as they have been every year since the sport was sanctioned.
“We were really prepared today,” co-head coach Kelly Devitt said, “they were coming off a big upset, but we used our systems, stuck to our systems, adjusted, and kept our composure and I think going into the semis we are going to have some stiff competition and if we can keep our mindset we will do well.”
Now No. 6 Cherry Creek will have another tough task in top-seeded Denver East as the two are set to play at 1 p.m. at Peter Barton Stadium at the University of Denver on Saturday May 20 for a spot in the state championship. This weekends storm should have no effect on the turf field but could be subject to change.