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Girls soccer: Behind two more goals from Stalter, Monarch beats Mountain Range

Stalter has seven goals in seven games

LOUISVILLE — Monarch's Ella Frusciano settles ...
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LOUISVILLE — Monarch’s Ella Frusciano settles a bouncing ball Thursday, April 7, 2022.

LOUISVILLE — A strong wind blew right to left on Monarch’s home soccer field, which isn’t even a mile from the burn area left by the Marshall Fire.

And at the center of it Thursday, a team still embedded inside the rebuilding effort from the state’s most destructive wildfire in history continued its strong start to the spring on the pitch. Its speedy 5-foot-3 sophomore, Sophia Stalter, at the forefront.

“I like to think I’m one of the fastest players on the field,” Stalter grinned, minutes after she finished another showcase of her brand of play, which included blow-by moves and defenders losing balance trying to catch her.

“I want to be everywhere.”  Something she’s backed up.

No sophomore slump here as ‘Stalter the Swift’ scored two more goals to give her a team-leading seven on the season, as the Coyotes beat Front Range League foe Mountain Range, 4-0.

Senior Anna Tucker added her sixth goal of the year — and with her and Stalter cheering from the bench in the final minutes, freshman Emma Fassora scored her first career goal with 1.9 seconds remaining.

The win was Monarch’s fifth in its first seven games. It went 4-6 last season.

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LOUISVILLE — Monarch’s Ava Haughey chases a loose ball Thursday, April 7, 2022.

“If we didn’t care about each other, we wouldn’t be playing like this,” coach Katy Wood said. “Hard work will beat talent every single day. The way they love each other is going to be reflected on this field, and it shows.”

Following their first two losses of the season — falling to undefeated teams in Legacy (which has outscored teams 47-1) and Ralston Valley — the Coyotes (5-2, 2-1 FRL) beat Bear Creek by a mercy-rule, 10-0 margin on Monday, then controlled play in handing the Mustangs their fourth straight loss.

Stalter scored in the 9th and 40th minutes in the opening half. Tucker added another in the 55th, then nearly had her second on a shot that clanked the crossbar minutes later.

As part of their connection, Tucker lent a helping hand on Stalter’s first of the night, as she pushed into the box toward the left post, then crossed it off a defender and to the sophomore in front of a wide-open net. A long free kick from Fassora set up Stalter’s second.

Tucker scored after the break, her fifth game of the year with a goal, to push the lead to 3-0. Stalter and Tucker, who are also club teammates, have now scored 13 of their team’s 24 goals this season.

“Today, our chemistry, our passing, we know where to be, she knows where to be, I know where to be,” Stalter said. “We have good chemistry. I’m going to miss her next year.”

Monarch will continue play in the league, visiting Poudre Tuesday.

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LOUISVILLE — Monarch’s Sophia Stalter plays a ball off her body Thursday, April 7, 2022.