LITTLETON – Monarch’s offense finally went flat, and so did the pulse on the young Coyotes’ season.
Four different players scored for 12th-seeded Arapahoe and No. 21 Monarch was shut out for the first time in 2 ½ months in the Coyotes’ 4-0 loss in the Class 5A first round at Littleton Public School Stadium Tuesday evening.
It was an aching feeling for a Monarch team that absorbed a slow start to the season, with much of its roster missing due to club ball, and then gelled late to finish 6-1-1 to secure a spot in the 32-team postseason field.
Angered and frustrated after their season-ending thud, there was at least some slight relief when talking about the bigger picture.
“This whole season I’ve been actually super excited about what we can do next year because we do have almost the entire same group,” keeper Sarah Hunter said. “I feel like we came together a lot this season. We started out a little rough with that, but then we came together. And if we can do that next year we can come back and change this.”
Monarch (8-7-1) had its chances to stick around with Arapahoe’s high-powered offense, yet nothing got past Warriors goalie Grace Cadorette. It marked the Coyotes’ first game without a goal since they were shut out in three of their first four games of the year.
“I think they won 50-50 balls 90 percent of the time and it all starts with us winning those balls,” junior Sammie Holland said. “I think we were having a harder time keeping possession and getting up the field, but when we did get our opportunities we just needed to finish them.”
Lauren Walters opened the scoring in the 5th minute on a loft shot that had Hunter looking into the sun. From about 32 yards out, Walters popped a chance high into the bright sky, forcing the junior keeper back and against the right post. The ball then punched Hunter’s hands and slipped away.
“Yeah, it was hard to see,” Hunter said. “And it was at the exact wrong angle, too”
The Warriors added three goals in the second half. Danielle Babb got her own rebound and scored in the 46th minute, Camryn MacMillan made it 3-0 with quick free kick in the 58th, and Clair Moynihan got another in the 69th.
Arapahoe (12-3-1) will face No. 5 Mountain Vista in the second round while Monarch will have to wait for another chance next year when it expects to return all but two seniors – captain Ashton Hall and Molly Larson.
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Araphaoe 4, Monarch 0
At Littleton Public Schools Stadium
Goals (assists) —Arapahoe: Lauren Walters (Emma Purcell) 5th minute, Danielle Babb (Walters) 46th, Camryn MacMillan (unassisted) 58th, Clair Moynihan (Babb), 69th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Monarch: Sarah Hunter (80-4-9); Arapahoe: Grace Cadorette (73-0-4), Jayden Staab (7-0-1).