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The seniors on the Ridgway varsity boys’ soccer team have been playing together since they were 8. Now they’re just one victory away from a state title

  • Ridgway freshman midfielder Cory Thomsen passes the ball during the Demons' 5-1 victory over Fountain Valley during the Class 2A boys' state soccer semifinal match in Englewood on Nov. 9. The victory put Ridgway into Saturday's state title game for the first time in school history.  Photo courtesy Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com
    Ridgway freshman midfielder Cory Thomsen passes the ball during the Demons' 5-1 victory over Fountain Valley during the Class 2A boys' state soccer semifinal match in Englewood on Nov. 9. The victory put Ridgway into Saturday's state title game for the first time in school history. Photo courtesy Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com
  • Ridgway senior Robert Beserra (18) scores the first of his two goals against Fountain Valley during the Class 2A boys' state soccer semifinal match in Englewood on Nov. 9. Left, Ridgway junior Owen Lane (3) battles a Fountain Valley player for the ball. The Demons’ 5-1 victory launched Ridgway into Saturday’s state title game for the first time in school history. Photos courtesy Barbara Loughman
    Ridgway senior Robert Beserra (18) scores the first of his two goals against Fountain Valley during the Class 2A boys' state soccer semifinal match in Englewood on Nov. 9. Left, Ridgway junior Owen Lane (3) battles a Fountain Valley player for the ball. The Demons’ 5-1 victory launched Ridgway into Saturday’s state title game for the first time in school history. Photos courtesy Barbara Loughman
  • Ridgway junior Owen Lane battles a Fountain Valley player for the ball during the Demons 5-1 victory during the Class 2A boys' state soccer semifinal match in Englewood on Nov. 9. The victory put Ridgway into Saturday's state title game for the first time in school history.  Photo courtesy Barbara Loughman
    Ridgway junior Owen Lane battles a Fountain Valley player for the ball during the Demons 5-1 victory during the Class 2A boys' state soccer semifinal match in Englewood on Nov. 9. The victory put Ridgway into Saturday's state title game for the first time in school history. Photo courtesy Barbara Loughman
  • Ridgway players huddle before their Class 2A state soccer semifinal match against Fountain Valley on Nov. 9 in Englewood. The Demons have appeared in the state tournament four years in a row, but this year marks their first appearance in the title game. Photo courtesy Kaitlyn Winkelmann
    Ridgway players huddle before their Class 2A state soccer semifinal match against Fountain Valley on Nov. 9 in Englewood. The Demons have appeared in the state tournament four years in a row, but this year marks their first appearance in the title game. Photo courtesy Kaitlyn Winkelmann
  The moment that made them believe — really, truly believe they could pull this off — arrived on Nov. 6. By virtually any measure, it had already been a successful 2019 season for the Ridgway varsity boys’ soccer team up to that point. They had secured a berth in the Class 2A state tournament for the fourth year in a row and won their first-round playoff game handily — 5-1 over Lotus School for…

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