LAFAYETTE — The Monarch girls soccer team is focused on generating momentum early in the 2019 season and so far this spring, the Coyotes' primary source of inertia has a name.
In each of the Coyotes' first two games, Bethune has scored the ice-breaking opener needed to spur the Monarch side on to victory. In the Coyotes' home opener on Tuesday evening, the junior's signature fire-lighting goal came in the seventh minute of a 2-0 win over a young but tough Denver East club.
"All of us have been super excited for the season to start and we have a really good connection," Bethune said. "It's important that we stay strong and keep the momentum going in the right direction. Just continuing to get these wins no matter who it's against is really going to be pivotal to our season."
In the Coyotes' season opener against Centaurus, Bethune scored with 17 seconds remaining in the first half and the goal led the way for two more in a 3-0 win. Her goal on Tuesday preceded the Monarch (2-0) response by many more minutes but still did the job of allowing the Coyotes defense to hunker down and hold off the Angels (0-2) in the second half.
The Coyotes follow-up score came in the 73rd minute, when Monarch sophomore Brae Cole put a rocket of a shot on goal that Angels freshman goalkeeper Elena Daves saved but couldn't control in front of the left post. When the ball bounced back in front of the net, junior Bailey Wallace was right there to pound the ball into the net for her first goal of the season.
"In the first half, we really were strong on the attack and tried to find balls and crosses inside," Bethune said. "And then in the second half, we were more defensive and held on more but we were also really strong on the counter."
Through two games, the Monarch girls have yet to allow a goal and goalkeeper Sarah Hunter has scarcely been tested. Up next, Monarch will face Greeley West (1-1, 0-1 Front Range League) on the road next Thursday in their first league game of the season.
After watching his squad build steadily over the course of its first two contests, Monarch head coach Troy Tewalt will be looking for more of the same.
"It was just another improvement while we try to build in a limited time," Tewalt said. "Just getting out on the surface together, it was much better than our first game. I feel like each half, we've improved.
"Give credit to Denver East, they're a good team. We just need to keep creating opportunities, cleaning things up and moving forward, I like what I'm seeing."
Monarch 2, Denver East 0
At Monarch H.S.Denver East (0-2) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) —Monarch: Kate Bethune, 7th minute; Bailey Wallace, 73rd.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Denver East: Elena Daves (80-2-9); Monarch: Sarah Hunter (80-0-2).