Legacy girls soccer explodes offensively in win

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 4/24/19

On a day when Legacy girls’ soccer honored former Lightning player Chris Reagan in their sleek orange uniforms April 18 at North Stadium, the Lady Lightning defeated Greeley West (1-8), 7-0. Behind …

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Legacy girls soccer explodes offensively in win

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On a day when Legacy girls’ soccer honored former Lightning player Chris Reagan in their sleek orange uniforms April 18 at North Stadium, the Lady Lightning defeated Greeley West (1-8), 7-0. Behind 31 total shots to GW’s one, it was a display of complete dominance for the home squad on a day of remembrance.

“We had talked before the game about some tactical things, positioning things and at the end of the day, the offensive output was there,” Legacy coach Luke Meadows said after the game. “That’s our highest goal total of the year. It’s a great occasion for why we wear the orange uniforms, and it was just a good output from everybody.”

Scoring twice in the first 12 minutes, senior Kailey Maness continues her excellent work, showcasing as the engine for the group. Her first goal came with 33:39 left in the first half followed by a header on a corner kick from sophomore Danielle Gonzalez.

“She (Maness) brings an energy that not a lot of players have. That’s not a coach thing, that is just naturally who she is,” Meadows said. “The energy she brings adds a ton of value. Offensively, she obviously creates a spark, but defensively it creates a sense of urgency that everyone else can get on board with. In terms of a leadership perspective, from an urgency perspective, she does a lot of things that add value.”

Adding value in the goal department with three more before halftime, Gonzalez (17th minute) and junior Makayla Merlo (25th and 27th minute) spaced the Lady Lightning lead to five going to the break. Converting on five of the 10 shots in the first half, Legacy more than doubled their shots on net in the second.

Controlling time of possession all afternoon, Greeley West didn’t attempt their first shot (only shot of contest) on goal until the 77th minute (2:48 left in the game). The ball didn’t find the Legacy defensive side of the field more than a handful of times.

Tallying the final two scores, seniors Miranda Sanchez and Nora Spuler both converted in the 75th minute to cap a special afternoon.

Saturday, hoping to end the week on a high note, Legacy (5-4-1, 3-3 in conference) couldn’t contain Rocky Mountain in the 3-0 defeat.

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