Lady Freedom win home opener
EDWARDS – Heather Zaimes of the WECMRD Freedom indoor soccer team doesn’t get hat tricks.
“I’m shocked. I’m a defender, so whenever I score I’m shocked,” she said.
And with that, welcome to indoor soccer, Heather. Zaimes did indeed have a hat trick Saturday and the rest of Freedom piled on in 12-4 win against the Mile High F.C. in the team’s home debut Saturday night at the WECMRD Field House in Edwards.
The Premiere Arena Soccer League made its 2010 summer debut in Edwards much like the men did in January with an easy win. And much like the winter edition of the Freedom, the ladies are still getting acquainted with each other and the indoor game.
“It’s been a slow process,” Zaimes said. “We have a bunch of girls from all over Colorado really. It’s been a slow process getting everybody together. This is the first time we’ve had 18 girls ready to go. That was cool.”
While line combinations, quicker substitutions and game plans still need work – customary fare for an expansion franchise – the Freedom looked pretty comfortable on the turf, taking an 8-2 lead on the way to an easy victory.
Zaimes did the honors of scoring the team’s first goal at the Field House. Lauren Meehan whipped one into the net and Zames followed for a 3-2 lead after one. The Freedom added five in the second.
Kim Raess started the rampage, followed by Marissa Ammaturo, Melissa Kline, Zaimes and Meehan. And yes, some of these names are familiar to local soccer fans. Meehan, Ammaturo, and Allie O’Neill, who scored the only goal in the third, all played for Battle Mountain in their day. Sam Phillips (Class of 2002) proudly represents Eagle Valley.
Kelly Boswell, Barbara Weber, and Hannah Rogers rounded out the scoring, while goalie Alicia Kahler took care of business between the pipes. On a day when a lot of soccer fans were talking about goaltender gaffes – England’s Robert Green – Kahler was sharp on several breakaways.
“Alicia’s awesome,” Zaimes said. “She really holds our team together. It’s so nice to have someone back there you can count on and trust to get your back if you mess up. You know Alicia’s always going to be there.”
The Freedom moved to 1-1-1 in the Rocky Mountain Division with the win. Last weekend, the team earned a point at Pikes Peak and fell to the Fort Collins Fury. (The sound you just heard was a collective groan from the WECMRD men, who had quite a rivalry with that side this winter.)
“We learned a lot this weekend. Our first game in Fort Collins it looked as though it was the first time we played indoor,” said Freedom coach Matt Zaremba, and it’s worth noting that was the first time the ladies played indoor. “But they fought hard that weekend and they understand what’s going on now. I thought they popped the ball around pretty well. We finally finished.”
The Freedom host the Denver Sizzle Saturday at 6 p.m.
Just for kicks: The Freedom wore pink jerseys Saturday night as a part of the “Kick for a Cure,” a fundraiser for breast-cancer research. … Jeff Hayslip made his officiating debut and was cheerfully jeered by a few.
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