LAKEWOOD — There will be a new Class 4A girls soccer state champion.
Mullen junior Makena Guthrie made sure of that fact late in the second overtime period Wednesday night at Lakewood Memorial Field. Guthrie’s shot from 35 yards out hit the bottom of the cross bar and into the back of the net in the 104-minute of the first-round state playoff game against defending 4A state champion D’Evelyn.
The goal gave the No. 29-seeded Mustangs a 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 4 D’Evelyn.
Mullen (6-6-4) scored the biggest upset in terms of seeding in the opening round knocking off the Jaguars (9-5-2). However, Mustangs’ record is a little deceiving since Mullen plays in the strong 5A Centennial League during the regular season.
The Mustangs finished tied for fifth in the conference that features Grandview, Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek and Arapahoe. All those teams won their first-round 5A playoff games Tuesday night and are all top-12 seeds in the 5A state tournament.
D’Evelyn was all too familiar with overtime games this season. The Jaguars played in seven overtime games this season and were 3-2-2 in games that went extra sessions this spring.
The Jaguars were the lone 4A Jeffco League team to drop its conference opener Wednesday night. No. 2 Valor Christian, No. 7 Evergreen, No. 8 Standley Lake, No. 10 Wheat Ridge, No. 13 Littleton and No. 14 Green Mountain all moved into the second round.
Mullen will face Littleton in the second round scheduled for Saturday at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.