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Foxes nab final playoff spot

July 9, 2012 | 9:13 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Needing at least a tie and some help, the Real Colorado Foxes pulled off a victory in the team’s final regular season game and then watched results fall their way.

A 3-0 win over the Kansas City Brass at the Overland Park Soccer Complex gave the Foxes a split of the weekend series. With the Thunder Bay Chill and Des Moines Menace finishing tied, the Foxes earned the second and final playoff spot in the Heartland Division and the Menace was eliminated.

For the Foxes, it was a bit of a role reversal from one year ago. Real Colorado went into the final weekend of the regular season holding the last playoff spot, but Des Moines edged out the Foxes on a tiebreaker. This season, the Foxes owned the tiebreaker over Des Moines thanks to a tie and a win at the Iowa club’s home to start the season. Real Colorado is the only team to defeat the Menace at home this season.

The Foxes (8-4-4, 28 points) join the Chill (11-2-1, 34 points) as the divisional representatives in the Premier Development League playoffs. Playoffs begin the weekend of July 20. Playoff pairings have yet to be announced by the league.

Tough Start: The promising finish for the weekend was far from certain when the Foxes took only 14 players to the suburban Kansas City soccer fields on Friday. The Kansas City Brass, whom they had swept the weekend before, exacted a 5-0 revenge on Friday night against the Foxes.

Kyle Greig and Jordan Green each scored braces for the Brass, while Jordan Rideout closed the scoring with a 81st minute goal.

Strong Finish: Real Colorado, missing players due to injury and returning to their college teams, regrouped on Saturday and hammered the Brass 3-0. Isaiah Schafer and Alex Tarnoczi scored two minutes apart in the first half to put the Foxes up and Luigi Clendening provided the coup de grace in the 78th minute.

Miguel Rosales went the full 90 minutes and made two saves to preserve the shutout.


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