Lady ’Cats sew up soccer season

Ignacio senior Autumn Sage (23) cuts off a Crested Butte attack during 2A Intermountain-South action Saturday, May 6, at IHS Field.
Ignacio senior Faye Hackett (12) glides past a Crested Butte player while controlling the ball during 2A Intermountain-South action Saturday, May 6, at IHS Field.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Able to dribble around Crested Butte Community School defender Kaitlyn Rasmussen and line up a potential close-range shot between she and teammate Sawyer Ezzell, Ignacio senior Laci Brunson’s golden second-half opportunity Saturday, May 6, unfortunately went for naught as the Lady Bobcats ended their 2023 season on the short side of a 9-0 home loss. 

Picking up where she left off at intermission, CBCS sophomore Paloma Lamar scored in the 45th and 47th minutes to increase the visitors’ lead to 8-0 before IHS steadied. Senior keeper Trinity Strohl stopped several would-be goals, including a point-blank, straight-on try by CBCS sophomore Teagan Turner, but the Lady Titans (9-6, 5-1 2A Intermountain-South) seldom let IHS (0-15, 0-6) get within 15 yards of goalie Nicola Roberts. 

Lamar finished with four goals while junior Leigh Harpel, senior Ellie O’Neal, freshman Molly Grace Miller, and freshman Jacey DeRoche each scored one. Credited with four assists in the match, senior Morgan Feltus netted the Lady Titans’ last goal in the 70th minute. O’Neal, Miller, senior Ellie Duryea and freshman Nora Thomes each earned one assist. 

AFTERMATH: Seeded ninth in the CHSAA Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Tournament’s opening Round-of-16, Crested Butte next faced 8-seed Windsor Charter Academy Friday afternoon, May 12, at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch. Able to blank the Lady Firebirds 4-0, the Lady Titans advanced no further after falling on the 13th to No. 1 SkyView. 

Having eliminated Denver-based 16-seed Bruce Randolph School (10-4 overall) on the 12th in the first Region I semifinal, SVA then defeated Crested Butte 2-0, finalizing CBCS’ record at 10-7. Presently standing 17-0, the Lady Hawks will next see action Saturday evening, May 20, in the Final Four phase versus No. 5 Colorado Springs Fountain Valley (13-2). 

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