Lady ’Cats battle hard in late-season road matches 

Ignacio senior Angela Baker (4) controls the ball away from a Del Norte player during the Lady Bobcats’ 9-0 road win Friday, April 22.
Ignacio junior Harmony Reynolds receives congratulations from seniors Angela Baker (4) and Rhianna Carel (with sweatshirt) after a two-goal effort in IHS’ 9-0 road win Friday, April 22, at Del Norte.
Swarmed by multiple teammates including Alexis Ortiz (7), Ignacio’s Darlyn Mendoza-Lechuga (10) celebrates her shutout-breaking 78th-minute goal Friday, April 29, at Montezuma-Cortez.
Ignacio's Willow Schulz (11) steals the ball from Montezuma-Cortez's Jordi Mahler (30) during road action Friday, April 29, at M-CHS.
Joel Priest | Special to th Drum
Joel Priest | Special to th Drum
Joel Priest | Special to th Drum
Joel Priest | Special to th Drum

IHS bested in Cortez, Pagosa Springs 

Though goals have continued to come for Ignacio Girls’ Soccer, wins unluckily have not. 

And after forcing 3A Montezuma-Cortez to play the full 80 minutes, with sophomore Darlyn Mendoza-Lechuga’s 78th-minute marker keeping the hosting Lady Panthers honest in a 6-1 victory Friday, April 29, the Lady Bobcats’ two second-half strikes the next evening pressed 3A Pagosa Springs into likewise focusing on finishing fully a 4-2 home win. 

Freshman Elizabeth Currier’s two goals helped the Lady Pirates stop a three-match slide, and improve to 5-7 overall (0-5 3A Southwestern) with only a 5/5 trip to Alamosa remaining on the 2022 regular-season schedule.  Senior Kori Lucero and sophomore Nika Hinger each scored once, while Currier and senior goalkeeper Trista Tully were each credited with an assist. 

Statistics for IHS had not yet been reported as of press time, as the Lady ’Cats, caught in a three-match skid themselves since a 9-nil road win Friday, April 22, at Del Norte, dipped to a still-competitive 2-10 overall. 

Still 2-4 in the 2A Southwestern, Ignacio will close out regular-season play Saturday, May 7, on the road against league power Crested Butte, bumped Monday, May 2, back into the Class 2A poll’s top-ten at No. 10.  Kickoff in neutral Gunnison at Western Colorado University’s Katy O. Rady Field – the highest (elevation 7,723 feet) collegiate pitch in the world – is set for 1 p.m. 

Results from IHS’ 5/3 match versus No. 6 Telluride and 5/5 trip to 3A Bayfield were unavailable at press time. 

Entering their own busy last week on a seven-match tear, CBCS’ Lady Titans were to have hosted – prior to Ignacio – DNHS on the 3rd, then THS on the 5th with the 2A Southwestern crown at stake. 

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