BROOMFIELD — Centaurus' Linsi Calvo lives for buckets and goals.
After leading the Warriors girls basketball team in scoring over the winter sports season, the senior has quickly taken over as CHS' leading goal scorer on the soccer pitch, too.
On Thursday against Holy Family, she earned her second and third goals of the early season — the only scores in a 2-0 shutout of the Tigers at the HFHS field.
It was a game where Holy Family (0-3) dominated the shot count, but when it mattered it was Calvo who took advantage of the slightest bit of space given her, helping the Warriors improve to 4-1 on the season.
"I think we're really growing right now, and our coach has emphasized a lot about working from the back on up, and it's been a struggle but we were able to do it today," said Calvo, whose team is starting to get the attention of the media in the CHSAANow.com Class 4A rankings. "In our last game against Steamboat, we saw it building and building. I'm excited to see us keep going."
Tight contests have been run of the mill so far for the Warriors as each of their previous four games were decided by a single goal. Centaurus is still trying to figure out a lot of things offensively, but head coach Mario Bezzina knows the defensive work being done will continue to get rewarded in future affairs.
"Coming up against the wind on their field, they came out wanting to put pressure but I'm proud of the girls for staying strong, and when we had the chance we put it away," Bezzina said. "We're not creating a lot right now but we have a chance in every game as long as we're putting in the grunt work defensively."
For all intents and purposes, Thursday's game was a one-goal game. Calvo netted a ball in the 15th minute when she made a shot from the top of the 18 after dribbling to the middle of the field, and neither squad scored until Calvo won a 50-50 ball in the 73rd minute and lobbed it into an open net.
The Tigers thought they had a goal early in the second half, too. In the 43rd minute, Isabelle Hren struck a rocket from the right side of Roxana Vranian that had her also fighting traffic. With most of her body on the inside of the goal, Vranian somehow kept the ball from crossing the lane while defending the near post. The officials had to meet to discuss the play, and it was ruled a good save.
The Tigers continued to pressure the CHS defense, but for the third straight game to open the season could not come up with a goal.
"Soccer's a cruel game sometimes, but we didn't put a lot of pressure in the first half like we did in the second," said HFHS coach George Connolly, whose team hadn't played a game since March 16 at Windsor. "I don't know how many times we had a head on a ball off a corner that just didn't quite go in. It was a fun game with good battles in the midfield. I think we're going to be OK."
Centaurus 2, Holy Family 0
At Holy FamilyCentaurus 1 1 — 2
Holy Family 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Centaurus: Linsi Calvo (unassisted), 15th minute; Centaurus: Calvo (unassisted), 73rd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Centaurus: Roxana Vranian (80-0-4); Holy Family: Maddie Cillissen (80-2-0).