Windsor breezes past Mountain View behind five Abby Gearhart goals
April 3, 2017
Last time out, the Windsor girls soccer team lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Niwot.
The Wizards more than made up for that Monday with a convincing 10-0 blowout over Mountain View.
On a cold, windy evening, Windsor piled on goal after goal, hardly letting the Mountain Lions get past midfield before taking the ball back and making another run.
"We came into this one kind of mad," sophomore Abby Gearhart said. "We wanted to redeem ourselves so we came in 100 percent ready."
Gearhart certainly did her part, finding the back of the net five times, the most impressive of which was her first, coming in the 35th minute when the Wizards were already up 4-0.
Dribbling in the left side of the box, she stopped on a dime, split two defenders back to the center of the field and fired a shot by the goalie's outstretched arm.
With junior forward Chaynee Kingsbury out, Gearhart and the rest of her teammates picked up the slack nicely.
Another one of those teammates, senior Taylor Cockroft, scored her first goal of the season, a 27th minute strike past the goalie.
The Wizards defense also played stout, only allowing Mountain View to get off four shots. And of those four shots, only one actually threatened to go in.
Coach Mario Garcia said he was worried the team would be sloppy coming into the game but realized quickly that would not be a problem.
"When you play a team that you're better than, you tend to get too aggressive instead of doing what you should be doing," Garcia said. "We wanted not to think of the opponent. We just wanted to improve on the areas that hurt us against Niwot, and I think we did a good job of that."
It also acted as a great chance to get some younger players invaluable varsity experience.
"We got four or five players some time that they normally wouldn't have got," Garcia said. "It's great. You have to think long term."
Best Individual Performance
Although Abby Gearhart didn't start due a missed practice, she made the most of her time on the field. She scored five of the Wizards final six goals and was in the center of the action all game.
Mountain View's only legitimate chance to get in the game came in the 19th minute, when they were trailing 2-0. But, after a save by Windsor goalkeeper Michaela Moran, the Wizards quickly countered.
Julia Broghammer slipped behind the Mountain Lion's back line and found the back of the net within 15 seconds.
That summed up the day perfectly. Windsor was just two or three steps ahead, and when Mountain View did get something going, the Wizards were there to handle the attack and go on the offensive themselves.
Windsor (5-1) hosts Berthoud Wednesday at 6 p.m. to open up conference play before hosting Sand Creek Saturday.
Mountain View (0-4) opens conference play Thursday at 6 p.m., playing host to Centaurus.
Scoring — WHS, Alyssa Lobato 6:08, Domonique Webb (Katie Kohler) 10:35, Julia Broghammer 19:29, Taylon Cockroft 27:21, Abby Gearhart 26:47, Gearhart 35:55, Gearhart 37:14, Kohler 43:50, Gearhart 56:06, Gearhart (Alex Ramirez) 59:45;
Shots — WHS 34, MVHS 4.
Saves — WHS (Michaela Moran) 3 (Kaleigh Williams) 1, MVHS (Beatriz Lopez) 8.
Corner Kicks — WHS 3, MVHS 0.