Panthers top Spartans behind Rimmer shutout, 4-0
The Middle Park Panthers Girls Soccer Team defeated the Aurora West College Prep Academy (AWCPA) Spartans on Saturday afternoon, 4-0. The win ended a three game skid for the Panthers, and moved them back to within one game of .500 (2-3) before the spring break gap.
A couple days after allowing two goals in the first half against DSST: Stapleton, Freshman Mia Rimmer rebounded at goalie in a big way. She played the entire game in goal, and made 14 saves en route to the Panthers second shutout of the season.
The offense woke up as well, following three straight games scoring only one goal. Junior Taylor Ehlert led the team with six points, scoring two goals and adding two assists. Junior Lisa Mcclain had two goals and an assist, and Freshman Abby Kuhnel had an assist.
Ehlert, Mcclain and Kuhnel have emerged as some of the cornerstone players for Middle Park. Through the first five games both Mcclain (2.6) and Ehlert (2.4) are averaging more than two points-per-game. Mcclain is leading the team with six goals, while Ehlert has found a nice balance between goals (4) and assists (4). Kuhnel is tied with Junior Ellie Mackendrick with four points on the year, good for third on the team.
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The win also helps to keep the Panthers afloat in the league rankings, where they are now a solid 2-1 in the early going. They’re currently ranked fourth behind Arrupe Jesuit, KIPP Denver Collegiate and DSST: Stapleton, though Arrupe Jesuit and DSST have already notched wins over the Panthers this season.
Following the break Middle Park will pick things up with a league match against the 3-1 Academy Wildcats on April 11. The Wildcats could be a tough opponent for the Panthers. They’re averaging almost seven goals-per-game, and have given up only three on the year, two in their latest overtime loss to Jefferson Academy.
After the Academy game, the Panthers will head back on the road to take on The Pinnacle Timberwolves on April 13.
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