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Brad Cochi/ BoCoPreps.com
LAFAYETTE — Even with seven Division-I commits and plenty of other up-and-coming talent on its roster — and despite making its home in the ultra-competitive Front Range League — the Monarch girls soccer team was hoping to fly under the radar through the early portion of the 2019 spring season.
Good luck with that.
The Coyotes opened their season on the road Tuesday evening against a solid Centaurus club. Still with several starters sidelined with injuries, the Coyotes won 3-0 to kick off a season that has plenty of potential.
“I thought in the first half, we were very messy and we weren’t very organized,” Coyotes sophomore Addie Lowrie said. “Then we had a very good halftime talk and we were able to communicate with one another, and talk about what we needed from each other. In the second half, we were just a lot more motivated. We came out strong and we played more like we know we can.
“We have a lot of seniors and a lot of good players so I think we can go really far this season.”
The Coyotes, who were eliminated in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament last season, didn’t find their rhythm until halftime, or rather, mere moments before it.
In a scoreless stalemate following the first 39 minutes of play, Coyotes senior Daisy Light found teammate Kate Bethune with a slick through pass. Bethune controlled the ball and drove it into the back of the net with 17 seconds left before the break.
“It was our first game and, to be honest, just our second time on the field since tryouts,” Coyotes head coach Troy Tewalt said. “The weather has been rough, so we literally had our first session last night and that was the first time we introduced some of our new concepts. We had to put them to use here and in the first half, we struggled. The first 20 minutes of the second half was what we want to see.”
Lowry scored the Coyotes’ second goal of the game in the 45th minute and then scored their third just 10 minutes later. Bethune and senior Grace Frusciano, respectively, assisted on the goals.
Tuesday’s game was a decent start for the Coyotes, who are not scheduled to play again until they host Denver East next Tuesday.
For the Centaurus Warriors, Tuesday’s game against the higher-classification Coyotes was as challenging as they expected, and is just one of several early-season contests lined up intentionally to toughen up the Warriors before they hit 4A Northern League play. Even coming off a 4-0 win over Denver North on Friday in which Warriors junior Mikaela Ferraro had a hat trick, offense was hard to come by.
Despite the loss, freshman goalkeeper Page Sanchez was a bright spot with a dozen saves and the Centaurus defense held its own for most of the contest.
“We were expecting this to be the toughest one,” Centaurus head coach Mario Bezzina said. “The most important thing was our defensive structure because we’re trying to play a different system than we’ve played in past years, one that puts the players in the best positions where they can contribute to the team’s success. Now we need to work on building possessions. And the way Page played was really exciting to see.”
Weather permitting, Centaurus will play at Standley Lake, the preseason No. 3 in 4A, on Friday.
Monarch 3, Centaurus 0
At Centaurus H.S.
Monarch 1 2 — 3
Goals (assists) —Monarch: Kate Bethune (Daisy Light), 40th minute; Addie Lowrie (Bethune), 45th; Lowrie (Grace Frusciano), 55th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Monarch: Sarah Hunter (80-0-1); Centaurus: Page Sanchez (80-3-12).