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    Holy Family's Nicolette Sandoval tries to work her way around a defender during a match at Windsor Monday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Holy Family's Lauren Clingman heads the ball during Monday's game with Windsor. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Holy Family keeper Alyssa Lucero collides with a Windsor player during Monday's match. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.

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    Holy Family's Kika Napierkowski, right, fights for possession with Rachel Zimmerman of Windsor Monday evening. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.



WINDSOR — If there was ever a blueprint for success that Holy Family girls soccer coach Michelle Griego-Giron and her staff should follow, it is Windsor’s.

Four years ago, the Wizards were in much the same place the Tigers are in now, with an incoming group of talented freshman. Windsor took its lumps against quality competition, but eventually knew it would turn into something special.

Fast-forward to the spring of 2018 and the Wizards are rolling along as the top-ranked team in Class 4A — unprecedented for a Tri-Valley League team — at 9-0-1 overall and now 3-0 in the TVL after a 6-0 win over the Tigers.

“Because we are so young, our youth shows a lot and we panic under pressure,” said Griego-Giron, whose No. 7-ranked team dropped to 4-2-1 overall and 1-2 in the TVL. “They have to learn to get some composure and learn to play a better style, they are getting it, but we are just not as automatic as Windsor is right now.”

Holy Family knew it was going to take something special against a Windsor team that has three Division I commitments in its starting lineup.

University of Colorado commit Chaynee Kingsbury was constantly marked by Tigers junior Ashley Ward for a majority of the match and, for the most part, kept her in check.

The best chance Kingsbury got all night was in the 11th minute after beating a defender and letting fly from the top of the box, but it was turned away by Alyssa Lucero.

But it felt like a matter of time for the Wizards, who had the Tigers on their heels and prevented them from playing their possession-style game that was on point in the first five matches of the season against some quality foes.

Windsor broke the ice in the 15th minute, when Domonique Webb capitalized on some Holy Family miscommunication in the back between Lucero and one of her defenders. The ball ricochetted away and Webb was able to finish in the open net.

She would score her second in the 28th minute.

The dagger for the Wizards would come just before the half when Abby Gearhart bagged the first of her three goals, with a pin-point strike to the upper-90.

“A game like this though, teaches you a ton,” Griego-Giron said. “We will see what they come out with on Wednesday (against Skyline) and how they deal with the adversity.”

Gearhart would score two more times in the second half, as would Alexa Kopren in the 71st minute.

Holy Family managed just one shot on goal compared to 13 for the Wizards.

“Our defense is getting there, it’s just getting comfortable dropping the ball back under pressure and you could tell that we were a little panicked still,” said Griego-Giron, whose team has dropped two in a row including a 4-2 setback to Erie. “We just haven’t learned that flow yet, but it will come.”

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt


At Windsor

Holy Family (4-2-1, 1-2)00—0

Windsor (9-0-1, 3-0)33—6

Goals (assists) — Windsor: Domonique Webb (unassisted), 15th minute; Webb (unassisted), 28th; Abby Gearhart (unassisted), 40th; Gearhart (unassisted), 64th; Gearhart (unassisted), 68th; Alexa Kopren (Webb), 71st.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Holy Family: Alyssa Lucero (62-3-5), Sally Napierkowski (18-3-2); Windsor: Michaela Moran (80-0-1).