LOUISVILLE -- Shanlie Anderson sounded almost like a proud coach Friday night.

The Centaurus junior soccer forward had just scored two goals in the Warriors' 4-1 non-league win at Monarch. But she was raving about the pair scored by freshman teammate Morgan Brendefur.

"I'm so proud of my freshmen. I love them to death," said Anderson, also referring to Lauren Esler, who scored twice last week against Brighton. "I told them, 'We have to get you guys goals.' And both of them are scoring a lot."

The Class 4A Warriors improved to 2-1, upending a 5A Monarch squad that entered unblemished in its first two games.

Brendefur's first goal put Centaurus ahead 2-1 just before halftime, and she struck again in the 70th minute off a pass from Anderson. Less than a minute later, Anderson added the finishing touches with her second goal.

"It's a big moral boost for a freshman to put a couple goals away," Centaurus coach Mario Bezzina said. "You know they can do it, but until they do it, they're not sure."

Monarch (2-1) absorbed its first loss under new coach Ryan Henkel, who has the program moving in the right direction. After an early goal by Anderson put Monarch in a 1-0 hole, the Coyotes found the equalizer when Katie Nelson scored off a feed from Cassie Owens.

Trailing 2-1 late, Henkel moved talented back-liner Gina Ogg up front in an attempt to force overtime. It nearly worked, as Ogg hit the crossbar with a rifle shot. Soon after, Centaurus scored its final two goals.

"Those two goals are on me," Henkel said. "When you lose, it doesn't matter if it's 2-1 or 4-1. I made the move to take Gina from the back so we could try to press for that tying goal."

Centaurus was active throughout, taking 12 shots on goal while getting a sturdy performance in the nets from keeper Kelly Turcotte. It was a good bounce-back from a 3-0 loss to Peak to Peak on Monday."We had a good first game against Brighton, but then we kind of dropped the ball against Peak to Peak," Bezzina said. "So it was very important to come in and move the ball around and play like we want to play."


Monach basketball star Alexus Johnson has joined the soccer team and played the final three minutes at forward. . . . Centaurus goalkeeper Maurissa Ortega no longer will play soccer. She is concentrating solely on basketball after recently signing with Western Nebraska.


Centaurus 4, Monarch 1

At Monarch H.S.

Centaurus (2-1) 2 2 -- 4

Monarch (2-1) 1 0 -- 1

Goals (assists) -- Centaurus: Anderson (Dondelinger), 8th minute; Monarch: Nelson (Owens), 15th; Centaurus: Brendefur, 38th; Centaurus: Brendefur (Anderson), 70th; Centaurus: Anderson (Esler), 71st.

Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Centaurus: Turcotte (80-1-4); Monarch: Frysinger (80-4-8).