BROOMFIELD — Frederick coach J Doehring literally threw caution to the wind on Wednesday afternoon against Holy Family.
On Tuesday against Windsor he found out that his starting goalkeeper Amalia Rolf played the game with a broken wrist. Without another goalie on his roster and needing a result against the Tigers, Doehring turned to sophomore Paris Woods, who had never played the position before.
Combine that, a Holy Family team that has won four of its past five and a stiff breeze that blew from the north end of Mike Gabriel Stadium to the south and you had a recipe for disaster.
To her credit, Woods held her own, making seven saves, but it was hardly enough against Holy Family, who improved to 4-0 in the Tri-Valley League with a 6-0 win.
“We’ll take it,” Holy Family coach George Connolly said. “We’re feeling really good and we are finally starting to score. Our shape is good, we are playing the ball to feet a lot and we are battling for those balls that we hope we always win.”
Holy Family (5-5, 4-0) had the majority of the chances against the wind in the first half but failed to get anything of consequence on Woods until the waning moments of the opening 40 minutes.
In the 34th minute, the Tigers capitalized on their first big chance of the match when Shannon Langfield was taken down in the box — much to the dismay of Doehring, who was shown a yellow card for his argument.
Senior Domonique Giron gave Holy Family the lead with a well placed penalty kick to the top corner.
Holy Family managed just three shots on goal against the Warriors in the first half, but made the most of them. With just 1:25 to play before the break, Olivia Bartoletti made Woods pay for her inexperience in net, heading home a goal on a back-stepping Woods.
“She thought she couldn’t pick it up outside the six-yard box because she had never played,” said Doehring, whose team drops to 5-5-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the Tri-Valley. “For her first time ever, she did fantastic and she made some great saves. It’s a little bit of a learning curve never having played their before, ever, and getting thrown right into it with zero practice.”
With the wind at their back in the second half, Holy Family was able to generate more production on the final third and peppered Woods with 10 shots — four of which found the back of the net.
The Tigers got second-half goals from Taryn Cook, Giron and two from Carmen Woods to close the book on the scoring.
Holy Family has hit its stride at the right time and after an 0-4 start to the season, appear primed to make not only a run at the league title, but a deep state run as well.
“There was never really any doubt in my mind, but the girls really don’t like to lose,” Connolly said. “I told them we can still accomplish everything we want to do this year with where we are right no, we just have to keep playing at this level.”
For Frederick, which managed just one shot on goal from Sam Teller — who left the game in the second half with a sore neck — in the first half from distance, it is just a matter of righting the ship and trying to close out with some wins and maybe sneak into the playoff field.
“Paris came off the field and was very emotional, but I told her they have to go through 10 other people to get to your first and her defense quit on her and that is not fair to her,” Doehring said. “But going forward, I’m hopeful we can rally behind her and give her some support.
“We’ve got to find a way to score and get forward.”
Holy Family 6, Frederick 0
At Holy Family
Frederick (5-5-1, 1-3-1) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Holy Family: Domonique Giron (penalty kick), 34th minute; Olivia Bartoletti (unassisted), 39th; Taryn Cook (Bartoletti), 58th; Giron (unassisted), 68th; Carmen Woods (unassisted), 73rd; Woods (unassisted), 76th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Frederick: Paris Woods (80-6-7); Holy Family: Maggie Spitzer (80-0-1).