Legacy soccer beats Standley Lake in OT

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ARVADA — The Legacy girls soccer team continues to find a way to win.

The Lightning overcame a first-half deficit on March 21 to rally and beat Standley Lake, 2-1 at the North Area Athletic Complex.

“We didn’t sit back after we got the tie,” Legacy coach David Castro said. “We weren’t going to accept anything less than a win.”

Brooke Williams rebounded senior Lauren Cook’s corner kick and beat Gators’ Krissy Collins for the Lightning’ first goal midway through the second half and tied the game at 1.

In overtime, Jasmine Beaulieu scored the game-winner barely two minutes into the extra period to give Legacy the victory.

It was another telling victory for the Lightning, who improved to 5-0 on the season. While Legacy hasn’t been blowing teams away early in the season, the veteran squad is finding a way to win games.

The Lightning, who are currently ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, have won their three previous games by only one goal.

“We are just playing hard, and the girls aren’t sitting back,” Castro said.

Legacy has six returning starters, including junior Kelsey Killean — who has already signed with Georgia.

Killean is leading the Lightning with four goals this season, while Cook has two goals and three assists.

Standley Lake took advantage in the first half and got on the scoreboard first when Taylor McRae rebounded  Emily Ashmore’s shot and found an open net for the goal.

However, those were the only two shots on goal the Gators could muster against the tough Legacy squad.

“(Legacy) is a very talented squad,” Standley Lake coach Jeff Vigil said. “You could tell they came out in the second half and pressured us, and we wilted by giving up the one (goal).”

It was the first loss for the Gators, who dropped to 3-1-1 overall.

On Mar. 22, Standley Lake beat Jeffco League rival Pomona 2-1. Andra Thaden and Shelby McBain each scored goals for the Gators. Haylee Harris had the lone goal for Pomona.

The Gators have two more non-conference games, before entering conference play on Apr. 2 against Arvada West. They are at Niwot on Friday and at George Washington on Apr. 1.

The Lightning open Front Range League play on Apr. 4, when they face rival Mountain Range.