Werman’s goal lifts ‘Cats past Central

Fruita Monument’s Courtney Coffee steps in front of Central’s Natalie Emery to steal the ball Thursday night in the Wildcats’ 1-0 victory at Walker Field.



Katie Werman called it the perfect gate. That would be Werman’s open view of the net, a quickly-closing channel between a Central High School defender to Werman’s left, and the goalpost on the right.

Second overtime. Three minutes left. “Take a shot and see what happens,” the Fruita junior said.

As Central keeper Marisa Brown drifted to her left Thursday, Werman shot across Brown’s body, and the line-drive shot found the upper-left portion of the net.

After 88 minutes, Fruita Monument had won, 1-0, at Colorado Mesa University’s Walker Field.

In 12.77 seconds last Saturday, Werman won the 100-yard dash at the Warrior Wild West Invitational track and field meet.

But this goal required no sprint. Kristen Jefferies, from outside the 18-yard box and in front of the net, put the ball square on Werman’s foot.

“I felt like (Werner) had the better angle,” Jefferies said, “so I passed it.”

Werman touched the ball, thought about taking a shot, then touched the ball to her right. When a Central defender did not chase as Werman had anticipated, Werman saw the opening — rather, the “gate” — wide open and ready for a house-warming celebration.

Brown, with a leap, could not reach the perfectly-placed shot.

It was the first time Brown did not make an acrobatic save that marked the game’s highlights.

“It’s my favorite position,” Brown said of playing goalie. “They say you have to be crazy to play keeper. Because you punish yourself — your body — for the team.”

Afterward, when trying to describe her shot, Werman spoke to her leg that kicked the ball: “We’re going to make you do it perfect.”

Perfect. The way Brown had been playing, the shot needed to be.

The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 Southwestern League) had 12 shots on goal, most of which had Brown flailing and deflecting and keeping the Warriors (1-6-1, 0-4) within a goal of doing just what Central coach Jacob Pingel wanted — to show that Central belongs in the SWL.

Central stacked the box with defenders throughout. And according to Pingel, the Warriors showed they belong.

“It’s tough to play against a team when they pack it in,” Fruita coach Eric Anderson said. “They’re a defensive team. And we’re an offensive team. So it’s tough.”


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