LAFAYETTE — Apparently, as senior midfielder Faith Brendefur goes, so goes the Centaurus girls soccer team.
When Brendefur has scored this season, the Warriors (4-4-1, 2-0-1) are unbeaten and boast an exceptional 3-0-1 record. She has scored all five of her goals in the Warriors' past four games and helped stretch the Warriors' unbeaten streak to four straight by driving home an icebreaking tally in the 26th minute of a 2-2 draw with Niwot (1-7-1, 0-2-1) on Tuesday evening.
Brendefur's flurry of goals over the past two weeks is a product of her being more aggressive, plain and simple.
"I'm a senior and this is my last season so I went out with the goal of having a great season," Brendefur said. "I want to work really hard and that's kind of my thing. I take a lot of pride in my work ethic and after spring break my mentality kind of shifted to focusing on my game more and what I can do to help the team. With that came the goals."
After Brendefur opened the scoring in the Northern League contest, teammate Mikaela Ferraro scored the Warriors' second goal just a minute later. It was the junior's 10th goal of the season and Ferraro (10 goals, 3 assists) leads Centaurus with 23 points. Ferraro entered Tuesday's game in a three-way tie for the Northern League lead in goals and her 23 points also tied her with Mountain View's Peyton Oleson for the conference lead as of the final buzzer at Spangenberg Field on Tuesday.
Centaurus entered Tuesday's game tied atop the Northern League standings with Mountain View and Silver Creek, both of which were unbeaten in conference play. The Warriors have allowed just 12 goals in nine games.
"I was definitely hoping for the win but we went out there, we were aggressive and we played hard," Brendefur said. "I'm proud of that. We got a little disorganized in the second half. We pulled it back together in overtime but we just couldn't finish."
With her team trailing 2-0 at halftime and a steady rain beginning to fall, Niwot sophomore Maddie Borncamp got the Cougars on the board with a long-distance goal in the 56th minute. As time was running out on what would have been the Cougars' fifth straight loss, senior Elise Crall scored in the 77th minute to tie up the game.
After two scoreless overtime periods, the Warriors and Cougars both left with their first draws of the spring.
"Particularly in the second half, I thought we showed a lot of character to score two goals and tie that one back up," Niwot head coach Stephen Dimit said. "Hopefully, this is kind of that page turn for our team. We're young and we're learning kind of how to work through circumstances like that. I thought that was a really, really good second half of soccer and a good battle in overtime, too."
Both teams will be back in action on Thursday, when Centaurus will host Northridge and Niwot will host Greeley Central.
Centaurus 2, Niwot 2
At Centaurus H.S.Niwot (1-7-1, 0-2-1) 0 2 0 0 — 2
Goals (assists) —Niwot: Borncamp, 56th minute; Crall, 77th; Centaurus: Brendefur (Buchler), 26th minute; Ferraro (Hogan), 27th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Niwot: Gossett (100-2-7); Centaurus: Sanchez (100-2-5).