Arapahoe rally comes up short

Warriors fall to Mountain Vista in non-league soccer game

Tom Munds
Arapahoe's Nicole Broda (14) pushes the ball upfield against Mountain Vista midfielder Amy Alexander (5) during the Warriors' 5-4 loss March 29 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch.
Tom Munds
Arapahoe forward Maggie Sexton (4) works against Mountain Vista defender Avery Adams (2) during the Warriors' 5-4 loss March 29 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch. Mountain Vista jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Warriors rallied late.

Mountain Vista raised its record to 5-0 despite a late challenge from Arapahoe as the Golden Eagles posted a 5-4 victory March 29 at a non-league girls soccer game at Shea Stadium.

“I didn't worry we would lose the game when the score got close but I was disappointed that our team gave up four goals in the final 15 minutes,” Mountain Vista Coach Theresa Echtermeyer said after the game. “We were up 5-0 so maybe we got a little overconfident and I made a lot of substitutions. Arapahoe also more aggressively pushed the attack late in the second half and we got a little disorganized. But we will learn from this game as we move forward in the season.”

The Golden Eagles stood at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the 5A Continental League heading into their April 1 matchup with Ponderosa. Following an April 3 game at Chaparral, Mountain Vista will face Rock Canyon (4-0, 2-0) in a key league tilt at 7 p.m. April 8 at Shea Stadium. The Golden Eagles then travel to Regis on April 10 and play Littleton April 15 at Littleton Public School Stadium.

On March 29, Mountain Vista appeared firmly in control for most of the game as Megan Massey and Katie Joella scored goals for the Golden Eagles to give their team a 2-0 lead at halftime.

The team continued to use speed and pinpoint lead passes to press the attack in the second half and went up 5-0 on goals by Mallory Pugh, Joella and Mia Bonifazi with 14:30 left in the game. Peyton Joseph and Pugh each had an assist and teammate Morgan McDougal dished off two assists to help their team's scoring efforts.

Refusing to give in, the Arapahoe attack began clicking with just less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Maggie Sexton drilled an on-target shot into the upper left corner of the goal to start the scoring and Lauren Conley, Kai-Bin Ooi and Amenda Cadorette all scored goals to make the score 5-4 with 2:11 left in the game.

Although the Warriors continued to press the attack, the Mountain Vista defense stiffened and prevented the tying goal.