On the road, taking on an 8-5-3 Lakewood team from a year ago, Northglenn ladies soccer left victorious with a dominating 4-1 victory March 7. Despite the scoreboard clock not working at Greg …
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On the road, taking on an 8-5-3 Lakewood team from a year ago, Northglenn ladies soccer left victorious with a dominating 4-1 victory March 7.
Despite the scoreboard clock not working at Greg Stevinson Field, things started positively for the young Lady Norse group. Scoring off a perfect corner kick assist from sophomore Emily Hoy, junior captain Samantha Dominguez-Reyes converted with a header into the back of the net just a couple of minutes into the contest to go up one.
Less than 10 minutes later, Lakewood answered from the head of Lady Tigers’ junior striker Kaylyn Buchanan from sophomore Emma Johnson’s corner kick. With momentum and ball-control on the home team’s side, Dominguez-Reyes stalled Lakewood’s run and put her team back ahead 15 minutes later.
“Regaining that momentum is everything,” Northglenn coach Kristina Churchill said postgame. “We haven’t had a scrimmage due to lovely Colorado weather and coming back turned the tide of our flow, momentum, and confidence. We are a young team with some new players, but they’re really starting to come out, and I’m proud of their effort today. Obviously, we can work on some stuff but you know how it goes in the soccer world, you just keep going.”
Off of the relentless hustle and falling away left-footed goal, Dominguez-Reyes put her squad ahead, not forfeiting their lead again. A big reason in holding the lead, particularly when up by one, junior goalie Lauren Knorr.
With multiple scoring opportunities early in the second half for Lakewood, Knorr stepped up in a big way, bailing out the back-end of her defense on a few occasions. Showing extreme aggression by putting her body on the line, Lakewood couldn’t find the ball in the back of the net.
“We wouldn’t have won without Lauren. I was a goalkeeper myself and the 1-on-1 save that she had down here in the second half helped set the tone for us,” Churchill said. “Obviously the first game out, defenses, including ours, will make mistakes and she stepped up covering them up today.”
As Knorr’s activity kept her team ahead, the offense for Northglenn got things clicking the final 30 minutes of the contest. Fighting what looked to be cramping throughout, sophomore Lauren Woodhull had herself a half, including a breakaway goal about 15 minutes into the second half. With a 3-1 lead and confidence building, the Lady Norse aggressiveness on the offensive end didn’t stop with another goal 10 minutes later from sophomore Piper Schrad. Gaining the assist, Woodhull tallied the assist to put the game out of hand.
“It was a good win, but we need to continue our focus in practice with ball-control, set-pieces. We don’t necessarily have the height, but we can work against that. It’s all about positioning, participation and 100 percent effort. This was step one. We have 14 more, then playoffs. That’s our goal,” Churchill said.
This week, Northglenn will travel to Conifer March 12 before hosting their first game March 14 against Pomona.
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