LAFAYETTE — The Peak to Peak Pumas advanced to the Class 3A girls soccer state finals for the first time last season and are showing that they want to return to the big game again this year.
After beating 4A opponent Centaurus 3-0 on Monday, the Pumas have outscored their first three opponents 15-0.
They expect to win, but the Pumas got an unexpected contribution from freshman Brianna Wetmore on Monday. Her first varsity goal, assisted by Lea Maxwell, put them on the board in the 18th minute.
“It was exciting,” Wetmore said. “This is the first varsity game I really played a lot. She just passed it back to me and I just shot it because I knew the goal was right there. I think we have a lot of potential and we’ll do great this season.”
The Pumas built on their 1-0 lead in the second half. Junior forward Kaja Lamvik scored in the 47th minute, assisted by Belle Morel. In the 54th minute, Morel scored a goal of her own, assisted on a long pass from junior midfielder Ivy Devries.
With a comfortable lead in the second half, the Pumas defense did a good job of staying in front of the speedy Warriors forwards, particularly junior Shanlie Anderson. Several Warriors breakaways were halted by fouls. The Pumas were called for 11 penalties in the game.
“We had strong tackles from the defense,” said Pumas goalkeeper Chase Robbins, who made three saves. “Their position was really good. They knew exactly where to be and they always were looking out to make sure they were in their spots.”
The Warriors controlled the ball for the majority of the game, but left midfielder Kelly Turcotte said they couldn’t create many chances inside the Pumas’ 18-yard line, or convert when they did.
“It was just easy touches. We over-thought it a lot,” Turcotte said. “We just weren’t focused enough to put it in the net. We just couldn’t get that last touch on the ball.”
The senior captain said Monday’s loss was a letdown after the Warriors opened the season with a 2-0 win over 5A Northglenn.
“I’m kind of disappointed because we played so well on Saturday and it’s hard to come out and not play as well,” Turcotte said. “But, overall, I’m excited because it’s good to have losing experiences because that’s how we’re goingt to get stronger.”
Turcotte said the Warriors will use the practice time before they play Holy Family (2-0) on Wednesday working on their passing and ball movement.
First-year Warriors goalkeeper Maurissa Ortega made four saves.
The Pumas play Englewood on Friday.
Peak to Peak 3, Centaurus 0
At Peak to Peak H.S.
Centaurus (1-1, 0-0) 0 0 — 0
Peak to Peak (3-0, 0-0) 1 2 — 3
Goals (assists) — Peak to Peak: Brianna Wetmore (Lea Maxwell), 18th minute; Kaja Lamvik (Belle Morel), 47th minute; Belle Morel (Ivy Devries), 54th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Centaurus: Maurissa Ortega (80-3-4). Peak to Peak: Chase Robbins (65-0-3), Sarah Shepherd (15-0-1).