LOUISVILLE — Monarch coach Eric Schmidt wasn't the least bit concerned with how his team would respond after its first setback of the season last week against Fairview.
His tight-knit group of Coyotes rebounded nicely against Boulder on a blustery evening 4-1 to improve to 6-1 overall and a nifty 3-1 in the Front Range League.
"We have been working on a few things that we will keep in-program and a few techniques, not necessarily on the field but together," Schmidt said. "This game is 90 percent mental and we are technical enough, tactical enough and physical enough ... they have all the attributes.
"It's that mental side that let us down against Fairview and it was the mental side that won it for us tonight."
And the Coyotes had to be sharp in the gale-force winds that blew across much of the Front Range on Tuesday. In the first half, Monarch was going into the wind and, despite the disadvantage, got on the board first.
A beautiful ball played into the box by Maegan Sours was met by the right foot of Melissa Myer, whose one-touch shot was perfectly placed over the head of Panthers goalie Zoe Kellermyer.
But Boulder didn't back down and the Panthers took advantage on their chances downwind and created a set-piece opportunity that Lauren Moss didn't miss. She bent in a corner that beat Coyotes goalie Sophia Chen to her far post.
"Windy conditions tend to tighten things up a little bit and we had it in our favor in the first half and we weren't able to take advantage of it," Boulder coach Jason LaMere said. "In the second we kind of got stuck back there and couldn't find out way out.
"It'll be nice to play on a warm, non-windy day."
What amounted to the game-winning goal came against the run of play for the Coyotes in the 24th minute. A well-timed and unmarked run down the left side of the Boulder defense by Allie Larsen was rewarded when she received a Aubrey Samuelson pass in the box and was able to finish.
"Before the game we talked about how the wind really creates a game of two halves and how we can't really focus on the conditions," Schmidt said. "It was more a matter of how are we playing and what are we focusing on and working on us.
"We came out again looking for possession, looking to institute our kind of game and we did it."
The Coyotes probably took more time than Schmidt would have liked to put the game away in the second half, but it eventually came. Senior fullback Kristin Barbour free kick from distance rode the wind into the back of the net for a 3-1 lead in the 66th minute. Myer would tack on her second goal in the 77th.
Monarch 4, Boulder 1
At MonarchBoulder (1-3-1, 1-2) 1 0 — 1
Monarch (6-1, 3-1) 2 2 — 4
Goals (assists) — Monarch: Melissa Myer (Maegan Sours), 3rd minute; Boulder: Lauren Moss (unassisted), 14th; Monarch: Allie Larson (Aubrey Samuelson), 24th; Kristin Barbour (unassisted), 66th; Myer (unassisted), 77th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Zoe Kellermyer (80-4-6); Monarch: Sophia Chen (80-1-2).