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Granby " MIddle Park girls soccer team shuts out Frontier Academy

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Middle Park High’s girls soccer team earned its third victory of the new season by shutting out Frontier Academy by a score of 3-0 on Saturday, March 15.

“We made 22 shots on goal to Frontier’s three,” said coach Molly Sargent. “We controlled most of the game.”

However, as Saturday’s game got under way, Sargent said she was dissatisfied with the Lady Panthers’ performance, describing their play as “shaky.”

“Our sense of urgency and aggressiveness were sub par,” she said.

While the team may not have been playing up to its potential, Middle Park’s varsity players were still able to slam in two goals before halftime while holding Frontier scoreless. Ryndi Zastrow scored the first goal unassisted while the second was earned by Hannah Levett off an assist from Lindsey Birdseye.

“Over halftime, we regrouped and refocused so that we could have a better quality second half,” Sargent said. “Even though we were winning 2-0, we were playing congested in the middle of the field and had a loose defense. What was great during our halftime talk is that our players recognized it too. They realized that sometimes when you play a team that’s not as good as you, the quality of your play is lower.”

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In the second half, the Lady Panthers stepped up their performance and scored their third goal. Zastrow earned it with an assist from Levett.

“Our girls did a great job in the second half by raising the level of urgency and spreading out a wide defense so the middle did not become congested,” Sargent said. “We also tightened up on our defense.

“The overall improvement was reflected in the stats with everybody either maintaining or improving on their 50/50s and steals. That shows we played better together, which means we’ll be able to raise the quality of our play no matter who the competition is.”

Sargent praised the work of the team’s defensive line including sweeper Jaime Sutton as well as Cassie Strang, Andie Huston and Brittany Gardner. She also commended the play of defensive center midfielder Rylie Burrows and offensive center midfielder Hannah Levett.

“Rylie was very consistent, and it was very exciting to see long shots and corner kick plays. She has a good foot,” Sargent said. “And Hannah, who is our sole freshman on varsity, made nine shots on goal, earned one goal, had 15 50/50s and six steals. She dominated both the offense and defense, showing a lot of composure for a freshman.”

JV wins shutout

Also playing last Saturday was Middle Park’s junior varsity, which also won by a shutout.

Playing in their first game of the new season, the Lady Panther JV team defeated Lutheran High School of Parker by a score of 5-0.

Two of Middle Park’s goals were scored by Kelsey Petersen while single goals were earned by Allie Gardner, Kaylee Findley and Emily Huse. Gardner, Huse, Kylie Delphia and Lisa Hobbs provided the assists.

Middle Park JV coach Simon Levett praised his players, saying they had “a great all-around team performance to win by a shutout.”

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