BROOMFIELD — The Holy Family soccer team has been dominating its opposition on the defensive side of the field all season long. Its back back line had given up only three goals in its first seven matches, allowing the team to enjoy an early undefeated run.
But Thursday afternoon that defense seemed to disappear, and with it went the Tigers’ perfect record.
Holy Family fell 3-0 at home to Resurrection Christian despite allowing only five shots throughout the course of the match. A fatigued HFHS squad watched the visitors score a goal just minutes into the contest and was never able to convert on offense, despite numerous attempts at the net.
“It was our third game in four days,” said assistant coach Kathy Hogan, who has been serving as the team’s head coach this week during George Connolly’s leave of absence. “We played a hard, mental, physical team in Centaurus on Monday and then played our number one rival in Faith Christian on Tuesday. We just came out here and didn’t have the legs for it today.”
The Tigers seemed slow from the opening whistle, and paid for it quickly. Cougar freshman forward Allie Pryharski burned by the Holy Family defenders to corral a long-ball and give herself a one-on-one with goalie Olivia Quinn in the 4th minute. Pryharski then fired from 15 yards out and netted what would prove to be the winning goal.
RCS struck again 19 minutes later after a Tiger foul gave the Cougars a free kick from 40 yards out. Senior Allison Weaver drove a ball toward the goal, which was aided by the immense gusts of wind blowing against Holy Family’s side. The ball tipped off the leaping keeper’s fingers before falling across the goal line.
Resurrection Christian added a third goal just 2 minutes into the second half, an 18 yard dagger from the top of the box that just found the lower right corner of the frame to put the Tigers away for good.
“They were our inspiration because they have beaten us so many times, and they are so strong,” said Cougar head coach Lou Brown. “We felt like we had nothing to lose … but we’ll probably meet them again in the (state) tournament.”
Despite the tough loss, there was one bright spot on the day for Holy Family. Junior forward and team captain Maddie Kuzik made her first appearance of the season after sitting out the beginning of the year due to a concussion. Kuzik had several good attempts at goal and showed no signs of the injury affecting her play.
“This was Maddie’s opening game today so we had to limit her time, but I think she’s ready to rock and roll so we’ll definitely utilize her next game,” Hogan said.
The Tigers will now receive a much-needed break from their rigorous schedule. They play only one match next week, a Tuesday home game against Bishop Machebeuf. Connolly is expected to re-join the team by then.
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Resurrection Christian 3, Holy Family 0
At Holy Family HS
Resurrection Christian (1-0, 0-0) 2 1 — 3
Holy Family (7-1, 3-0) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Resurrection Christian: Allie Pryharski, 4th minute; Allison Weaver, 23rd minute; Lindsay Weaver, 42nd minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) —Holy Family: Quinn (80-3-1). Resurrection Christian: (80-0-11)