Lady Cats make Demons sweat

Ignacio's Amya Bison (14) and Tristan Boone (6) try shielding the ball
Ignacio's Amya Bison (14) and Tristan Boone (6) try shielding the ball away from Ridgway's Alma Johnson (2) and Emily Mandaville (4) during SWL play Saturday, April 13 at IHS Field.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

With her teammates, fans, and especially coaches roaring their loudest so far in 2013, forward Amya Bison was clearly loaded and locked.

She was ready to pull the trigger, too; she just couldn’t find the danged thing.

“It got my adrenaline going,” she said, “and I just kept pushing, kept pushing … until I got there.”

But despite the fact that the Lady Bobcats’ best offensive rush ended without a shot, the buzz generated in the 42nd minute of soccer at IHS Field on Saturday, April 13 was noticeable long after it ended. Someone other than Center might be burned by Ignacio for a goal this season.

Ignacio's Sierra Cuthair (20) deflects a pass

Ignacio’s Sierra Cuthair (20) deflects a pass forward by Ridgway’s Sarah Pankow (8) during SWL play Saturday, April 13 at IHS Field.

But Ridgway decided it wouldn’t be them, with speedy junior Scarlet Holvenstot scoring in the 63rd and 65th, and classmate Grace Benasutti marking in the 69th to enact the 10-goal mercy rule.

Boss Oscar Cosio was not pleased about that, having not been consulted with prior to kickoff whether he’d forego an early finish (no matter the score) in hopes of maximizing Ignacio’s time against an opponent, but the team was audibly upbeat afterward and looking toward the future.

“We came together as a team, finally reached our goals,” Bison said, “Communicate, defend … I think we came out and did that.”

No offsides violations were whistled against either side until well into the second half, and the Lady Demons were only able to gain one corner offensively as IHS showed improved discipline in the field. But with an under-the-weather Destinee Lucero still spelling goalie Nicole Williams (left LCL ligament sprain, patella injury), RHS quickly capitalized with Holvenstot striking in the second minute.

Freshman Sarah Pankow followed in the fifth, and Benasutti netted in the 11th and 18th as Ridgway carried a 7-0 lead — Holvenstot would total four goals and Benasutti three — into intermission, and starting keeper Alexis Dimpault-Darcy (three saves) was replaced with field player Chiara Degenhardt (one).

Lucero logged 15 total stops in her third straight appearance.

Standing 0-6 overall and in the 3A Southwestern, the Lady Bobcats’ next upcoming match is slated to be at RHS on Friday, April 19 on the Lady Demons’ new grounds.

Four o’clock SWL starts at Pagosa Springs (the Lady Pirates entered 3-3, 3-3) on April 16 and at Alamosa on April 18 (a weather-reschedule from April 9) were completed after the Drum went to print.

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