Heading into the rivalry game unbeaten, Mountain Range girl’s soccer surrendered their first defeat to the hands of Legacy, breaking their two-game skid April 4 at North Stadium, 2-0. “A lot of …
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Heading into the rivalry game unbeaten, Mountain Range girl’s soccer surrendered their first defeat to the hands of Legacy, breaking their two-game skid April 4 at North Stadium, 2-0.
“A lot of the girls play together at the club scene, so everybody here is pretty intimately aware of each other and their skills,” Legacy coach Luke Meadows said. “You look at our record (2-2-1 heading into game) but at the end of the day they (MR) are 5-0, and it doesn’t matter what you think they are going to be because momentum is a funny thing. At the end of this, we have to make sure we come out ready for a battle. This has always been a close game no matter how you think the score is going to go.”
The first 20 minutes of the contest was back and forth, with quality shots and close to equal time of possession present for both teams. However, in the final 20 minutes of the first half, Legacy put their imprint on the contest, breaking through with a score from junior Makayla Merlo on a beautiful lower-back left corner score with 17:18 left in the first half. With nine shots to MR’s four at the end of one, the Lady Lightning had found their stride.
With eight more shots in the second frame also, Legacy continued to stay on the attack in part to the excellent defensive play by the Lightning. Allowing just six shots all night against the high-scoring, athletic frontline of the Lady Mustangs, senior and junior goaltenders Katie Dunbabin (first half) and Ellie Sommers (second half) weren’t tested at a high rate. Junior Brooke Kercher-Pratt headlined the backline.
“The game was absolutely competitive. There were little subtle adjustments that we tried to make throughout that allowed us to open up little gaps and find different opportunities to pull ourselves out of pressure,” Meadows said. “There’s still a little bit of us trying to do too much, I think. When we have more space than we think we do, it just slows the game down for us which is kind of what we want to do.”
Despite Mountain Range making their one last push to tie things, they couldn’t convert a score from the 60th to 70th minute in where they played quality offense with a couple of substantial scoring opportunities. Putting the game out of reach with 4:57 remaining, senior Alyssa Johnson scored to extend the lead and head back home to Broomfield with a huge win.
“Especially in this league, any win is a treasured win. This is arguably the most difficult league in the state, and I think it is more competitive this year than it has been in my five years here. Every result matters. To get this one off our back is a big one,” Meadows said.
Bouncing back two days later, Mountain Range found their way back into the win column over Poudre, 1-0.
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