GREENWOOD VILLAGE — There really aren’t any words that need to be said.
Long embraces, a few tears, but also a few laughs.
The final page of a chapter in a book written by the group.
It wasn’t the fairy tale ending. Those don’t really happen that often despite what the movies want you to believe.
The special season for the Rocky Mountain High School girls soccer team ended with a harsh slap, a 5-0 quarterfinal loss for the No. 8 Lobos at the hands of No. 1 Grandview, a team they tied 0-0 in early April.
A game that was an evenly contested 0-0 at half unraveled for Rocky Mountain (14-3-1) when Grandview (15-0-3) scored twice in the first nine minutes of the second half.
But that forgettable half doesn’t tell the tale of the team or its group of eight seniors.
“We’ve been together for so long, 40 minutes doesn’t really end it I guess,” senior forward Madison Williams said. “It will last my whole life.”
The group came in as freshmen who made an immediate impact and it continued every year. The Lobos made the quarterfinals twice in their four years and the 14 wins this season is the most for Rocky Mountain since the 2010 team that made the semifinals.
Rocky Mountain went 51-16-7 in their four years, but really the story starts long before then.
The group has played either with or against each other since as they were 5 years old.
When they came to Rocky Mountain, many had been teammates for years and some were longtime rivals that quickly turned into family.
It forged a special combination of talent, drive and unity. The group shared collective hugs and photos at the end of the game, slowly grasping that this part of the journey was ending.
Plenty of tears, but also smiles remembering the good memories.
“I think that’s why it’s not as quite of a sad moment for me because it’s like I’ve just been so blessed to have so many years with such amazing people,” goalkeeper Gabriella McDonald said. “These girls are why we’re so good. We’ve pushed each other for so many years playing against each other, with each other. That’s what’s made us such a successful group.”
Wednesday’s game at Stutler Bowl will quickly turn into a footnote, but it didn’t go as planned. Rocky Mountain had only conceded four goals all season, but Grandview struck with ferocity in the second half as the Wolves — state champs in 2015 and 2016 — advanced to the semis for the fourth year in a row.
“Sad, but also we had a good season and I’m proud,” senior defender Savannah Warner said. “We had a really special team and did the best we could have.”