LAFAYETTE — It wasn’t an instant replay, but it was close.
The corner kick came from Emily Gardner. The conversion by Belle Morel. Twice.
While the second might have been a bit more picturesque by the Peak to Peak girls soccer duo, the result was the same. The tallies jumpstarted the No. 5 Pumas to a 4-0 home win Thursday night against Class 3A Metro League foe Kent Denver.
“We have it down. She knows what’s she’s doing,” said Morel, who upped her season goal total to 16. “She’s putting the ball perfectly where I need it to be and I’m running in and putting it in. It’s all pretty much her. We just have a good connection.”
The first goal gave the Pumas (7-2, 4-1) a 1-0 advantage in the 13th minute. But that one found the turf before Morel pounded it home. The second, in the opening minutes of the second half, was a perfect pass that Morel headed in.
“We work on it a lot in practice, and usually I just look for her head,” Gardner said. “Today it just worked out for those first two goals.”
Lea Maxwell and Kaja Lamvik added late goals for Peak to Peak, which played without starting goalie Chase Robbins (personal) and midfielder Katie McMenamin (track).
Kent Denver (3-4-3, 2-2-0) mounted a few early chances against Pumas keeper Sarah Martinez but never sneaked one past the freshman. Morel said containing Kent’s talented forward Havana McElvaine was the key to limiting the Sun Devils.
Well, that and a couple of aesthetically pleasing goals off of corner kicks.
“As long as we have a quality corner kick, we have better potential to do something with it,” said Peak to Peak coach Peter Chandler, who stopped shy of calling either a perfectly executed set piece. “There’s a design to it, but it comes down to which players are going to make something happen. Belle is one of those players.”
About the only complaint for Gardner was that her name had an extra “e” on the roster (it was spelled Gardener).
“It happens every year,” she said.
Odds are, she wouldn’t trade one of the assists for a correct spelling.
“It’s pretty nice just to watch your play unfold nicely,” Gardner said. “I’d say that and scoring a goal are about tied.”
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Peak to Peak 4, Kent Denver 0
At Peak to Peak H.S.
Kent Denver (3-4-3, 2-2-0) 0 0 — 0
Peak to Peak (0-0, 0-0) 1 3 — 4
Goals (assists) — Peak to Peak: Morel (Gardner), 13th minute; Peak to Peak: Morel (Gardner), 43rd minute; Peak to Peak: Maxwell (Wetmore), 66th minute; Peak to Peak: Lamvik (Bostic), 75th minute
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Kent Denver: McGonagle (80-4-4).; Peak to Peak: Martinez (73-0-3), Shepherd (7-0-0).