The Colorado Rapids U-23s concluded their season with a narrow 1-0 loss to Calgary Foothills FC in the Premier Development League Western Conference semifinals on Friday, July 20 at Rio Hondo College.
The topsy-turvy first half saw both teams enter the locker room scoreless. However, the break saw Calgary Foothills FC return energized.
Calgary kept Rapids goalkeeper Connor Gavigan busy between the pipes with 11 shots on target. However, despite the best efforts of Gavigan and the Rapids defense, the home side broke through in the 86th as Calgary’s Ali Musse slotted home a left-footed shot at the top of the 18-yard-box.
The Rapids searched for a late equalizer but were unable to convert.
“Proud of the boys, for the last game and for the season," Head Coach Erik Bushey said. "We played a quality opponent from Calgary who deserves credit. We were the second leading scoring team in the country this season. Calgary is the first team this year to keep us from scoring. Our defensive performance against Calgary was probably the best performance of the second half of the season.
We brought a division title to the club. If we have trained and helped develop a player that eventually competes for our first team, then ultimately our season will be judged as a success. I am optimistic that this will happen as we had some very talented young men play this summer.”
Overall, the U-23s ended the 2018 season with 28 points and a record of 8-2-4. They scored 42 goals with John Haist leading the way with 10 goals, while Griffin Doresy and Andre Bava Shinyashiki chipped in eight goals each.