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WINDSOR — On paper, the Windsor soccer team seemed to be unbeatable when playing on its home turf this year. The Wizards, seeded eighth in the Class 4A girls soccer state tournament, didn’t give up a goal during the regular season, outscoring visiting opponents 32-0. It wasn’t until Tuesday’s first-round playoff match with Steamboat Springs that WHS finally conceded a goal, but winning the game 3-1.

Someone must have forgotten to tell Centaurus.

The ninth-seeded Warriors put on an offensive clinic, dominating the entirety of Friday’s match to earn a 4-0 win and advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

“I was a little concerned, because they had their great record here,” Centaurus coach Mario Bezzina said. “But we just played our game and persevered.”

Centaurus (10-2-3) looked sharp from the get-go, executing short crisp passes to build its attack and holding a significant edge in possession. The Warriors’ patience on the offensive end of the pitch finally paid off in the 29th minute when senior Shanlie Anderson took control of the ball on right side of the field 30 yards out. She proceeded to attack the right side of the box, beating one defender as she raced forward and pulled other members of the Wizards’ (14-2) back line toward her. Anderson then slid a pass on the ground to the middle of the box where sophomore Morgan Brendefur was waiting to boot it home from eight yards out.

Brendefur struck again later in the first half, with just more than two minutes before intermission. Junior Danelle Dondelinger sent a ball from the left wing into the middle of the box toward a pack of Warriors. After Anderson missed an opportunity to send a header toward the goal, Brendefur moved in and was able to get a foot on the ball before the charging Wizard keeper could reach it, sending a half-volley into the back of the net.

“We were just trying keep control and keep it possessive, connect passes because this was more of a narrow field,” Brendefur said. “So not as many crosses as we usually do, more to feet.”

The barrage continued in the second half as the Warriors’ relentless attack wore on the host squad, opening the field for long balls to the speedy CHS strikers at the top of the formation. In the 54th minute Dondelinger sent a seemingly ambitious ball from the middle of the field toward the top of the box. But sophomore Lauren Esler won a foot race against both her marker and the Windsor keeper, taking control of the ball 20 yards out and then sending a shot over the head of the retreating goalie to make it 3-0.

Esler, who scored four goals in Tuesday’s first round win against Sand Creek, took another long pass from Brendefur in the 60th minute and found herself one-on-one with the keeper. Her subsequent shot from 15 yards out pinged off the left post and rolled into the goal.

“I think (we wore them out) and we just calmed down and got used to it,” Brandefur said of the Warriors’ play in the second half. “We got used to how they played and we settled in.”

The win marks the seventh in eight games for the Warriors, who also tied once during the stretch. And they have compiled an aggregate score of 35-5 during the run.

Next up for the Warriors is a showdown with the No. 1 seeded team in the state, Cheyenne Mountain (14-2-1), with a spot in the state semifinals on the line. That match will take place Tuesday.

Centaurus 4, Windsor 0

At Windsor H.S.

Centaurus (10-2-3) 2 2 — 4

Windsor (14-2) 0 0 — 0

Goals Centaurus: Morgan Brendefur (Shanlie Anderson), 29th minute; Brendefur (Danelle Dondelinger), 38th minute; Lauren Esler, 54th minute; Esler (Brendefur), 60th minute.

Goalies Centaurus: Kathy Tran (80-0-3); Windsor: Maggie Grigs (80-4-5).

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