Hoping to clinch their first win of the young season, Thornton’s ladies soccer (0-2) couldn’t contain the acceleration and athleticism of the Lady Raiders’ (2-1) front line on the road in the …
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Hoping to clinch their first win of the young season, Thornton’s ladies soccer (0-2) couldn’t contain the acceleration and athleticism of the Lady Raiders’ (2-1) front line on the road in the 6-0 defeat March 21.
In the first 10-15 minutes of the contest, not a lot of action near the goalie boxes as both teams displayed possession near mid-field. Then with 24:17 left in the first half, a Rangeview player broke away from the Lady Trojans defense, but a beautiful save by senior Baileigh Castillo kept things tied.
Nearly 14 minutes later, Rangeview finally struck.
Forcing a penalty in the box, Rangeview took advantage of the penalty kick. Hitting the bottom-left corner, Lady Raiders didn’t look back.
“Their speed is magnificent,” Thornton coach Merv Johnson said after the game. “The first 20-30 minutes we did a good job of tracking them down and then we got tired.”
As the fatigue set in, putting another shot in goal before halftime, the home squad put the contest at a two-point margin. Despite the deficit for Thornton, Castillo’s play kept her team hanging around in what could have been worse at the intermission.
The second half began similarly as the first half ended unfortunately for the Trojans. With scores in the 49th, 65th, 69th and 80th minute, the Raiders didn’t hold back, ending the game on a high note.
For the road team, sophomore Madeleline Lester showcased her talents all over the field, making her presence known despite the defeat. Anchoring the mid-field area for Thornton, herself, sophomore Isabella White and senior Joanna Zepeda performed well on the brisk spring night.
“Our game plan was to get her (Lester) to push the ball up a little bit and switch it diagonally, and we were doing that well, but their speed was just all over the field,” Johnson said. “So anytime we put the ball in the air, it seemed like they beat us to it. She can hit a ball diagonal ball 60 yards, but they take that away.”
Taking away the offensive attack of Thornton, Rangeview defensively didn’t allow much action near their net. As the Trojans compiled only a couple of competitive shots, the Raider’s defense fueled their offense with a short field to work with, allowing the attack to create plenty of scoring opportunities.
“After the last game we fixed the things that were wrong two nights ago, and we did those things much better tonight. We will fix the things we made mistakes on tonight. We have three games a week the rest of the season, and we had three practices outside before the season started, so we will make adjustments,” Johnson said.
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