Vail Valley: Girl’s soccer falls in playoffs
Vail, CO Colorado
The Greeley West girls soccer team stresses the importance of the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of a match.
Tuesday night, the first 10 minutes are all the Spartans needed. The last 10 minutes didn’t exist.
In a mismatch with Battle Mountain, the Spartans won the first round Class 4A Girls State Soccer Tournament match 10-0 at Jackson Soccer Field.
The game was stopped due to the mercy rule, which couldnt have come soon enough for Battle Mountain, which had to eudure a
barrage of offense from the Spartans, and withstand a constant downpour with temperatures dipping into the 30s.
Greeley West moves on to the second round at Broomfield with an 11-3-2 record while Battle Mountain ends its season at 11-5.
“Both teams played in the same conditions,” Battle Mountain coach Dave Cope said. “When you play a lower-seeded team thats as good as Greeley West, its going to be tough, no matter what. Theyre talented and they were very well prepared.”
Not even the Spartans were prepared to unload eight first-half goals past Battle Mountain goal-keeper Kate Gray, who at times looked defenseless.
Greeley West senior Danielle Saucedo split the Battle Mountain defense in the first minute of the match to start the pummeling, and it didnt end until Katie Weber drilled one to the back of the net at the 45-minute mark in the second half.
In between, Greeley West senior Brittney Lordemann slid three goals into the net, Saucedo put two more on her tab and Alison Rettmer, Lauren Sinnwell and Kelli Harden got into the act.
“For Battle Mountain, to give up two goals in the first few minutes of the match had to deflate them,” Greeley West coach Mike Lordemann said. “In kind of knew the game was over at that point.”
Sinnwell explained that the Spartans efficiently executed a practice drill known as “8 balls” against the Huskies, who came into the match seeded No. 22. Greeley West is seeded 11th.
“As a team, we want to come out as strong as possible,” Brittney Lordemann said. “Ten-zero sort of made a statement.”
Lordemanns first goal was as close to a gimme as possible, slipping between the legs of Gray. She sailed her next two goals off of her left and right foot, respectively.
“Its really important to start strong, especially in the playoffs,” said Saucedo, a senior midfielder whose speed is one of her best assets.”Everybody on this team contributes, and even when we got ahead, we had to defend.”
The Spartans back line continued its recent surge of success, making it easy on senior goalkeeper Jenna Droegmueller, who literally spent more time watching her teammates score than she did save shots.
Greeley West’s Alison Rettmer scored the only unassisted goal in the first half, explained how the Spartans have performed at a higher level the past month, and how Tuesday’s match was a perfect example of what’s expected.
Rettmers goal gave the Spartans a 5-0 lead, and set the stage for Sinnwell to get involved as she scored the sixth goal and assisted Harden on the seventh goal.
Saucedo finished her hat trick just before the half to secure a running clock (even after goals), and forcing the Spartans to play with one less player.
The one-player advantage didn’t help the Huskies as Brittney Lordemann again split a pair of defenders for her third goal.
Brittney Lordemann’s goal made it 9-0 and the Spartans flooded the field with reserves to finish the match.
“Were clicking as a team, and really playing together,” Sinnwell said. “We’re getting it done.”
Cope, who explained that the first goals was reminiscent of several against his team this season that skipped up off of wet turf, praised the play of Gray, who was “thrown into her role,” early in the season and finished with an 11-5 record.
“She’s a selfless kid who was asked to do a job for us right at the beginning of the season,” Cope said. “She had a winning record, and you can’t ask for more than that from your goalie.
“Tonight, I think the team with the better players overall is the one who won the game.”