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Legacy's Kaylee Kennedy works through the Monarch defense during the Lightning's heartbreaking loss Tuesday night on the road.
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Legacy’s Kaylee Kennedy works through the Monarch defense during the Lightning’s heartbreaking loss Tuesday night on the road.

 

LOUISVILLE — The Legacy girls soccer team was in firm position to nab a key road win as the clock dwindled Tuesday night.

The Lightning had a one-goal lead at Monarch and senior goalkeeper Tori Bonahoom was thwarting every Coyotes’ chance.

Then the roof caved in.

Monarch scored two goals in the final 13 minutes — including sophomore Maegan Sours’ go-ahead tally with 1:37 remaining — to send the Lightning to a 2-1 Front Range League loss.

“There certainly seemed to be a strategy shift on their end, just in terms of a more direct style of play,” Legacy coach Luke Meadows said. “It caused us a little more trouble than it should have. We’ve dealt with fairly direct-style teams in the past and it’s been a non-issue, but they found a couple of seams that caused us problems.”

For Legacy (4-3-2, 3-2-1), it was a heartbreaker after taking a 1-0 lead into the final 15 minutes. The Lightning jumped ahead on a first-half goal by freshman Gracie Armstrong and would have had a multi-goal lead if not for a handful of denials by Coyotes goalie Kaylee Mickens.

The Lightning held the lead for about 40 minutes before Monarch (4-2, 2-1) rallied.

The first goal was set up by a booming pass from Villanova-bound junior defender Kristin Barbour, who found Zoe Schmanski streaking down the left side. Legacy keeper Tori Bonahoom — who had brilliantly stifled Monarch to that point — was caught in between of whether to get to the ball before Schmanski or sit back.

Schmanski beat her to it and tied it up with 12:55 to play.

With under two minutes remaining, Schmanski again found space on the left side and fired a shot. Bonahoom dove and deflected it, but Sours was on the doorstep and pounded it home to give the Coyotes the lead.

“At halftime we talked about belief,” Monarch coach Eric Schmidt said. “We’d seen the opportunities, they just hadn’t fallen yet. But it was happening. You could feel it. I told them to keep putting shots on frame, keep crashing, and we came away with two beautiful goals.”

The Lightning lead was precarious in the latter stages with as many quality looks Monarch was getting. Bonahoom finished with 11 saves.

Meadows said it has been somewhat of a common theme for the Lightning to surrender late goals, a trend his squad will have to remedy. This one was tough in that the Lightning felt in good shape with a lead and time winding down.

“Certainly in the first half we showed we were the better team, in our opinion,” Meadows said. “Part of our discussion was, you take games you should win and you put them away early. But we couldn’t do it today.”

The goal was the fourth of the season for Armstrong. Prior to her tally in the 27th minute, the Lightning nearly scored on blasts by Kylie Thomas (wide left) and Makenna O’Grady, whose shot was tipped over the net by Mickens.

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Monarch 2, Legacy 1

At Monarch HS

Legacy (4-3-2, 3-2-1) 1 0 — 1
Monarch (4-2, 2-1) 0 2 — 2

Goals (assists) — Legacy: Gracie Armstrong, 27th minute; Monarch: Zoe Schmanski (Kristin Barbour), 67th; Monarch: Maegan Sours (Schmanski), 79th.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Tori Bonahoom (79-2-11), Makenna Gottschalk (1-0-0); Monarch: Kaylee Mickens (80-1-7).

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