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Cherry Creek, Arapahoe have longtime rivalry

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It was by no means a blowout, but that depends on how the Centennial League girls soccer showdown between Arapahoe and Cherry Creek is analyzed.

With a strong wind gusting for the April 13 match at the Stutler Bowl, the Bruins were shooting and clearing balls against the wind.

The wind could sometimes affect the flight of ball kicked high, and in the second half Cherry Creek was shooting with the wind.

The Bruins scored four times to earn a 4-0 victory in the game between the longtime soccer rivals.

“The wind was really a factor so we told the girls to play defensively in the first half,” said Creek coach Jim Schneider. “This game is a big rivalry. Nobody thought it would be a four-goal game. They are usually one- or two-goal games.”

Cherry Creek, second-ranked in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll, improved to 3-0-0 in the league and 9-0-0 overall. Arapahoe, ranked eighth, fell to 1-1-0 and 7-2-0 overall.

Creek Senior Meg Halvorson, who will play for the University of Denver next season, shot wide on a scoring opportunity in the 47th minute, but on the ensuing corner kick she delivered an accurate kick that sophomore Elle Gill headed past Arapahoe keeper Kali Barber for the first goal, which turned out to be the game-winner.

Halvorson scored three minutes later and then assisted on Creek's final two goals, scored by University of Colorado-bound senior Libby Geraghty.

“I thought we played really well because Arapahoe is one of our biggest opponents,” said Halvorson. “Games played against Arapahoe are definitely rivalry games.”

Halvorson's goal was her ninth of the season and she swelled her scoring total to a Centennial League-leading 28 points. Geraghty leads the league with 11 goals.

Earlier in the day, the Bruins baseball team wore soccer gear to school and the girls soccer team wore baseball uniforms as a sign of support and unity.

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