Palisade blanks Eagle Valley, 4-0
Vail, CO Colorado
PALISADE, Colorado ” A lack of offense in their earlier meeting worried Palisade head girls soccer coach Luann Ehlers prior to Tuesday’s home game with Eagle Valley.
“I was very concerned because last time the (final) score was 1-0,” she said. “It was not a good game for us. We didn’t have everybody that we usually have to play. But it was still 1-0.”
With a full roster to work with, the Bulldogs eased Ehlers’ worries with three goals in the first half, posting an easy 4-0 shutout win over the winless Devils.
Palisade netted its first score early when Bella Caselton scored in the fifth minute on a free kick after a Eagle Valley foul just outside the penalty area.
The rest of the game was a breeze.
Palisade upped their lead to 3-0 three-fourths of the way into the first half. Becca Fitzsimmons snared a rebound off a Eagle Valley defender on shot on goal for the second goal.
Lindsay Yeates chipped a shot to the opposite end of the net from the left side in the 28th minute.
The Bulldogs’ third goal lightened Ehlers mood on the sideline.
“(Eagle Valley) came in very confident and we were having some struggles,” said
Ehlers of Palisade’s recent scoring problems.
“We were putting people in different positions to try the bring the ball up the middle constantly. Finally, we’re swinging the ball outside again, getting our touches a little quicker and working together. This was better for us because we haven’t had a lot of offense the last few games.”
Palisade was rallied by a diving save from Bulldogs goalie Amelia Davis on Eagle Valley forward Nicole Luczkow in the 10th minute while cling to a slim one goal lead.
Davis was never tested by the Devils again. The rest of Eagle Valley’s six shots on goal were softly hit, well outside the penalty area. Palisade had nine shots in the game.
Palisade scored its fourth goal with two minutes left in the second half when a low shot by Caselton slipped through backup keeper Sydney Schlegel’s hands.
Eagle Valley hosts Delta Thursday at 4 p.m.
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