So far, the Colts are making sure that happens.
Thanks to some outstanding defense and goalie play, a couple of late clutch goals, and patience, the Colts playoff run is still very much alive after stopping Ladue 3-0 in a Class 3 sectional match Tuesday evening at Parkway Central.
“It feels great, I know we’re a good team and we just needed to play hard and we got it,”
Parkway Central senior striker Adam Burnett said. “We got the win.”
Parkway Central (18-7-1) will play host to perennial Class 3 power Fort Zumwalt South in a quarterfinal contest. Zumwalt South shut out St. Dominic 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinal round.
Ladue came up empty on two great early second half chances as a Grant Powell penalty kick went off Central keeper Blake Siegel’s hands and off the crossbar.
Then just four minutes later, the Rams’ Chris Sewing looked to have scored the game’s first goal, but an offsides call wiped out Ladue’s chance for the lead.
Senior forward Luke Voeller powered the Colts offense during the 65 minutes of play, setting up shot opportunities and scoring chances for his Colts teammates.
Due to Ladue’s stingy defense, the Colts were not able to capitalize on Voeller’s work until 14:11 remained, when Burnett fired in a shot to the corner of the net off an Agustin Barcelona pass.
“I was just trying to stand on top of the (goal) box and saw that my player was going to get a cross so and there a lot of players in the box so I just kind of stayed a little out, ” Burnett said. “So the ball just came to my foot and I placed it, bottom left.”
It was a late goal in a tight contest that gave the Colts just enough momentum to finish the final half strong. “It (the goal) changed a lot, because it made them (Ladue) press and took one more guy out of their backfield and made them open for a counter and fortunately our two guys up top were able to counter on them twice,” Parkway Central coach Brian Adam said.
Only 1 minute, 26 seconds after the first goal, Colts junior forward Cam Dunne made the first counter pay off, scoring on a high shot over Ladue keeper Elliot Lorenz from near the goal and just in under cross bar.
Will Peacock cashed in on a two-on-one breakaway with seven minutes left to round out the scoring.
Another major factor that allowed Central to stay aggressive with the ball in the midfield was the play of Siegel. Siegel, a junior goalie who had never played soccer before this season, turned away four shots and picked up his 11th win and 5th solo shutout of the season.
It was a nice turnaround for Siegel, who gave up all four goals when the Colts lost to Ladue 4-0 in September.
“I just think through the season, I’ve progressed so much and been through so much and Joe Thompson, last year’s goalie helped so much and I’ve improved so much,” Siegel said. “Our midfielders Cam Aydt, Cam Baird, and Adam Burnett are talented at defending, so it’s easier to contain them when you have guys like that.”
Parkway Central will be making it’s first quarterfinal appearance since 2012, when the Colts fell to St. Dominic.
Burnett said that the biggest driver of the Colts post-season run has been a collective mindset of hard work, and a team-focused effort with no excuses.
“Hard work and just a team effort,” Burnett said. “When everyone comes and works hard, that’s what gets the win for us.”
Ladue saw its season end at 15-12-1.