Windsor has found that there is strength in numbers.
With several talented players on the girls soccer team, the Wizards have more options than most when it comes to scoring goals.
Four different Windsor players scored goals Wednesday night as the Wizards ran away with a Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference game 7-0 against Northridge.
The Wizards (7-0 Tri-Valley Conference, 7-2 overall) started out a little slow at H.J. Dudley Field but led 2-0 at the half. Senior Lacy Fry said Windsor has had a tough couple of weeks.
“We were coming off of two losses from Central (Cheyenne, Wyo.) and Lewis-Palmer, and we had a tough game against Mead (a 3-1 win on Monday),” she said. “It’s nice to get back into the swing of things and … be able to work on what we need to during the game.”
The Wizards dominated possession throughout and fired 26 shots to the Grizzlies’ 10. Northridge (2-5, 2-6) had opportunities, mainly in the second half but couldn’t get past the Windsor defenders.
“It’s a change of pace going from a team like Mead to Northridge,” said Fry, who had an assist. “There’s definitely a difference in the competition, but it’s always nice to score a lot of goals. It’s always a good feeling, especially when you can make it a shutout as well.”
Senior Kelsey Steffens’ hat trick helped Windsor take over in the second. She had the first goal of the game 4 minutes, 26 seconds into the first half and added another with 13:34 remaining. Steffens tacked on an insurance score with 1:22 left on the clock.
Junior Ella Rasmuson had two goals of her own in the win, one in each half. Junior Bailey Zehr and sophomore Emma Lang rounded out Windsor’s scoring.
“I honestly feel like we have a lot of good chemistry,” Fry said. “We’re able to do one-two (moves) back and forth and work it up (the field). On one goal, we literally started building from the back and worked all the way up to the goal. So, it’s nice when you can see those kinds of plays.”
Northridge goalkeeper Brooke Paxton gave Grizzlies fans their money’s worth Wednesday with 12 saves, including a double-save moment in the first half when the ball ricocheted off her hands and almost hit the back of the net.
“She made some good saves,” Windsor coach Mario Garcia said.
Northridge handled the pressure better in the first half, containing six corner-kick opportunities for Windsor. However, the Grizzlies’ defense broke down in the next half.
Garcia said the Wizards finished well against Northridge, but they were a little sloppy in the last 20 minutes and can always improve on their fundamentals.
“We can always improve on controlling the ball, passing, more patience on finishing,” he said. “We finished well today but through the fence wasn’t that strong today, so I think we can always improve on finishing.”
He added that Windsor has put itself in a good position in the Tri-Valley Conference.
“Basically, if we were gonna lose conference, we’d have to give it away,” Garcia said. “We still only have a one-game lead on Skyline, so they’re a good team. We beat ‘em 2-0, but it was the first game of the season and I think that they’re better than us. So, we’ll have to play well to beat ‘em.”
Fry said one reason the Wizards are solid is because of their players, such as Steffens and Zehr.
“It’s nice to be able to depend on your other teammates like that,” Fry said. “We have a lot of strong players, but when you have both a strong defense and offense, you can trust them both and you can depend on your offense to score and your defense to defend.”
NHS 0 0 — 0
WHS 2 5 — 7
WHS scoring — Kelsey Steffens 4:36, Ella Rasmuson 6:04, Bailey Zehr 42:44, Emma Lang 47:34, Rasmuson 56:23, Steffens 66:26, Steffens 78:38.
Assists — Lacy Fry, Payton Hoffman.
Shots — NHS 10, WHS 26.
Saves — NHS (Brooke Paxton) 12, WHS (Maddie Slocomb) 6, (Sophie Griggs) 0.
Corner Kicks — NHS 2, WHS 9.