Panthers soccer loses third straight
The Middle Park Panthers Girl’s Soccer Team dropped their third straight game on Wednesday afternoon, losing to the DSST: Stapleton Knights, 3-1. The Panthers now sit at an ugly 1-3 as they try and find their groove in the early going.
The Knights scored twice on corner kicks in the first half, something that Head Coach Jeff Ehlert wants the team to improve on.
“We gave up 14 corner kicks in the first half,” said Ehlert. “And they scored two of their goals on corner kicks. We’re just not making the effort to push the ball to the side instead of the back line.”
The Panthers were still in the game regardless of the two early goals. In the second half Junior Peyton Olson was fouled inside the box, and Junior Taylor Ehlert made the penalty kick, her second goal of the season. The Knights scored late in the second half to put the game out of reach, however.
Freshman Mia Rimmer got the start at goalie, but was lifted for Senior Kiera Barr near the end of the first half after allowing her second goal. Rimmer did have a successful day in the Junior Varsity game, however, scoring two goals in a 2-0 victory. Coach Ehlert noted that he was considering finding ways to get her more involved in varsity games as well.
“We might need to get her on the field more in varsity too,” said Ehlert. “She has tremendous field vision.”
Despite starting the year off with a 6-0 win, the Middle Park offense has struggled to break out of a slump over the last two weeks. The Panthers have scored just three goals in their last three games, and have been outscored 12-3 during that period.
The conference loss also drops Middle Park to 1-1 in league play, good for fourth in 3A Region 8 behind Arrupe Jesuit, KIPP Denver Collegiate and DSST: Stapleton.
This weekend the Panthers are scheduled to take on the Aurora West College Prep Academy Spartans at home. The Spartans will come into Saturday with a 2-2 record, but have a similar point differential (-3) to Middle Park (-2) on the year. The Panthers then have a two-and-a-half week break until they play the undefeated Academy Wildcats on April 11.
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