In a fierce rivalry matchup between the undefeated Mountain Range Mustangs and 1- loss Northglenn Norse March 22, two late first-half goals by MR proved the difference in the 2-1 victory on the road. …
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In a fierce rivalry matchup between the undefeated Mountain Range Mustangs and 1- loss Northglenn Norse March 22, two late first-half goals by MR proved the difference in the 2-1 victory on the road.
Despite constant shots being fired at Northglenn’s junior Lauren Knorr early on, the Lady Mustangs couldn’t find the back of the net on the aggressive goaltender. As they say, however, patience is a virtue, and finally in the 34th and 37th minute, sophomore Shay Haney and senior Camryn Greenfield put their team on the board.
“One of the biggest things we are pushing for is to stay organized,” Mountain Range second-year coach Matt Degitis said. “The first goal was a brilliant one from Shay Haney, and it was a really good fed ball to her feet. Camryn Greenfield’s positioning on the second goal was stellar. That’s the kind of play where players tend to get sucked in, they have a tendency to get pulled out but she just held position well, and she was right where she needed to be. Organizationally tonight the girls stayed really patient and played really smart. That’s good soccer.”
Struggling to find any rhythm in the opening half, Northglenn came out in the second frame firing on both sides of the field, looking like a completely different team. Centered around the activity of sophomores Lauren Woodhull and Gabriella Goddard, the Lady Norse made their run.
“I thought they really challenged our defense and we work a ton on our shape. No. 7 (Woodhull) and No. 3 (sophomore Emily Hoy) on Northglenn are very strong players and Kristina’s (Churchill) a really good coach,” Degitis said. “She makes adjustments, and she adapts within the game, so to coach against her, you have to be constantly sharp. That’s why I like playing them. You probably noticed that she moved No. 7 (Woodhull) inside because she wasn’t getting a lot of action on the outside in the first half, and that was a big game-changer. We had to account for her by holding our midfielders a little bit more, and that changed our ability to go forward. No. 3 (Hoy) scored a game-winner against us with about a minute left last year, so it was cool to see sophomore Talisa Mountain rise to the occasion.”
With only two shots on goal in the first half, numerous scoring chances for Northglenn became present in the second. The lone score came with less than a minute to play on Woodhull’s strike. Unfortunately for the Lady Norse, it was too little too late.
Both squads head into the rest of the season with high hopes and expectations, despite being young (26 of 37 players combined are underclassmen). Staying unbeaten on this night, Mountain Range took this round.
“It’s insanely exciting. Last year we had a good squad of seniors, and we won three total games. Tonight, we eclipsed our victory record, which was awesome. This is a really young group of girls, and I think they show a lot of promise and that’s exciting for us,” Degitis said.
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