REDMOND — With a 10-game winning streak, a superior seed and home-field advantage, any chance Ridgeview was looking past Silverton?
“No, not at all,” insisted Ravens coach Kyle Chown. “The girls knew they had to win to keep playing, so there was no way to look past it.”
Still, the No. 6-seeded Ravens were denied a second consecutive trip to the state quarterfinals when the visiting Foxes made a first-half goal stand for a 1-0 win in the first round of the Class 5A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday night.
The loss ended an 11-3-1 season for Intermountain Conference champion Ridgeview.
“I think we were ready to go. I think we were pumped. We knew the level of play was going to be up,” said Chown, the Ravens’ fifth-year coach. “But that’s part of playing sports. Things don’t always go your way. … It wasn’t our day today.”
No. 11 Silverton (7-5-1) scored the only goal it would need late in the first half on a free kick. Other than that, said Chown, the contest was “very evenly matched, back and forth. Both teams had opportunities.”
Chown praised the effort of the Ravens’ two seniors, Jordyn Buresh and Carissa Love. “They didn’t want their season to end,” he said.
The coach also was pleased with the performance of midfielders Grace Sorensen, Aria Mascall and Averi Hartford — all of whom are expected back with the team next season.
“We finished the season with two seniors on our roster, and obviously they were huge to our success,” said Chown. He added that with most of the squad returning next year, “it’s a positive outlook for the group moving forward.”