Valor Girls Soccer, ranked number one in the state and in the top 50 nationally, won two home matches against league opponents Littleton and Standley Lake last week.
First up, the Littleton Lions came into Valor Stadium battle tested and with a very patient defense. At first, the Lady Eagles struggled to break them down and also to stop their counter attack, but on a counter attack of their own, Valor struck first blood off a Paige Kula serve into the box that Tess Boade brought down with a world class trap and finish. Up a goal at half and now with the wind at their backs, Valor came out with a vengeance and pounced quickly for two more goals to go up 3-0, before conceding a goal late, to win the match 3-1. The back line and the pressure of the midfield, especially by McKenna Gilbreth, Caroline Noonan and Aeva Graber made the difference. Laura Kladde also anchored the defensive midfield, allowing the other midfielders to get forward and press into the attack. Credit Tess Boade, Camryn Dyke, and Bri Johnson with the goals, while Boade and Kula notched both assists. Camryn Dyke’s goal was an unassisted laser of a free kick from 25 yards out that was a definite crowd-pleaser.
Next up for the Lady Eagles were the fierce Gators of Standley Lake, who came in with a 5-2-1 record and a top 10 RPI ranking. While the Gators were well-coached and definitely a quality opponent, Valor finally started to look in sync after coming off a few games that had looked pretty rough and disjointed. Although only up one goal at half, the Lady Eagles were finally playing great soccer again and moving the ball all over the pitch to break their opponents down. In the end, it was 4-0 shutout victory with each GK, Egan and Daws, adding their own shutout half, while seniors Ellary Bomgaars, Grace Collins, Paige Kula, and Kylie Smith all played lock down defense to help preserve the shutout. The victory also saw freshman Meg Boade make her mark on the Valor attack with two goals, while Camryn Dyke also scored on 2 PK’s. Credit Tess Boade and Bri Johnson with the two assists. Also in the attack, seniors Emersyn Drent and Mackenzie Waters put in some great work up top to help wear the Standley Lake defense down and open them up for the goals to come. All in all, all 20 available players stepped up and contributed to a very solid victory.
The Eagles are now 7-0 and face number three D’Evelyn (8-1-1) and top 10 Evergreen (5-3) this week at home.
- Valor vs. D’Evelyn, 7pm Tuesday in Valor Stadium
- Valor vs. Evergreen, 7pm Friday in Valor Stadium