After playing the first half to a 0-0 draw, the Simley boys soccer team gave up three goals in the second half to drop the Section 4A final to Como Park Thursday afternoon.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw both squads squander legitimate scoring chances but play smart, solid defense.
The Cougars' scoring began with less than six minutes gone in the second half. Como Park senior and team leading scorer Abdurazak Omar got free at the top of the Spartan 18-yard box and made a routine finish to put the Cougars ahead 1-0.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, it was all that would be needed.
Nine minutes later the Cougars hit the Simley goal post and the ricochet provided a great scoring opportunity but senior Spartan goalkeeper Nathan Spores was equal to the task.
Miscommunication and a defensive miscue in the back third put the Cougars ahead 2-0 with 20:03 to play.
Sixteen seconds later an awestruck Spartan defense failed to challenge an Omar run and gave up a second goal to the clever scorer and put the Cougars ahead 3-0 with 19:47 to play.
The Spartans outplayed the Cougars in the final 15 minutes of the match but were unable to generate any goals.
The Cougars' first round opponent in the Class A State Tournament has yet to be decided.