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Sophomore Zoe Schmanski (left) scored one of Monarch's two late goals as the Coyotes rallied to top Legacy Tuesday night.
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Sophomore Zoe Schmanski (left) scored one of Monarch’s two late goals as the Coyotes rallied to top Legacy Tuesday night.


LOUISVILLE — Time was dwindling, and it was beginning to appear that Monarch was going to have to settle for one of those tough losses. One in which an abundance of chances were generated, yet none were cashed in.

But trailing by goal with under 15 minutes to play against visiting Legacy, the Coyotes kept shooting.

Zoe Schmanski got the equalizer, and the Coyotes didn’t stop peppering the frame until they went ahead on sophomore Maegan Sours’ goal with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining. The late tallies allowed Monarch to escape with an improbable 2-1 Front Range League win.

“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 first was set up by a booming pass from Villanova-bound junior defender Kristin Barbour, who found Schmanski streaking down the left side. Legacy keeper Tori Bonahoom — who had brilliantly stifled Monarch (4-2, 2-1) 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.

“I always know to cover the far post whenever there’s a cross or a shot,” Sours said. “I just made sure it went in. Then I looked at Zoe to get the hug and the celebration in, because it was her shot that made us score.”

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.

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

“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.”

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.”

Two seasons removed from a 1-13 campaign, Monarch is continuing to climb the ladder on the 5A landscape.

“It’s a very young lineup, so whatever we accomplish this year, it’s only going to be more next year,” Schmidt said. “We’ve taken this program from obscurity to relative, from relative to now a contender, and hopefully we just continue moving forward.”

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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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