A lot of Coffey for Fruita Monument

Midfielder scores 4 goals in win over GJ

Fruita Monument’s Baseley McClaskey controls the ball as a Grand Junction player defends Monday night in the Wildcats’ 8-2 victory.

So much for a slow start.

During the first six games of the season, Fruita Monument High School girls soccer standout and University of Denver commit Courtney Coffey scored only one goal.

Monday, the junior midfielder scored four times.

Coffey found net twice in the first eight minutes and Michaela Hoffman added two goals to lead Fruita Monument to an 8-2 Southwestern League win over Grand Junction at Walker Field.

After sustaining a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in her left knee before her sophomore season, Coffey has gone through an adjustment period returning to the field this season. Fruita Monument coach Jeff Shuldener said although Coffey has played well, small adjustments made in practice translated into an offensive outburst for the Wildcats (5-1-1, 3-0-1 SWL).

“I think what the numbers don’t show is that she has been playing very, very well this season,” Shuldener said. “She’s had a lot of scoring chances, those chances just weren’t going in. We worked on some things in practice and it worked out well for her today. We just took some power off her shot and focused on accuracy.”

Coffey said the rivalry with Grand Junction (4-3, 2-1 SWL) sparked her play.

“I was in the zone,” Coffey said. “I was here to play Junction. I knew it’s always a big game. I definitely prepared really well for this. It turned out well and I came out and played the best I could and had a good game.
“We all just all decided to come to this game and play for each other. I think that really helped, us playing as a team. You know, the balls I scored came from my teammates. They played for me, I played for them. It was a really good team effort.”

Coffey scored in the sixth and eighth minutes to give Fruita Monument a quick 2-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Grand Junction’s Taylor Hein scored and Tia Wright added another for the Tigers in 16th minute.

“I thought Junction controlled the play for the first 15 minutes of the game, even though they weren’t ahead on the scoreboard,” Shuldener said. “They did a great job against us early. We had to change some people up and tweak our lineup a bit. I think once we created opportunities, we were able to capitalize and seize momentum. In the second half we came out with the same lineup and it kept working for us.”

Ella Hartshorn scored in the 20th minute to give Fruita Monument a 3-2 lead, which they held until halftime.

The second half was all Fruita Monument.

Mackenzie King found Sarah Benton with a pass in the 48th minute, then Coffey scored her third and fourth goals. After that, Hoffman scored her first two goals of the season, back-to-back, in the 70th and 72nd minutes.

The Wildcats have won three straight games, scoring 18 goals in that span, and are the only remaining team with an undefeated record in SWL play.

Palisade 1, Eagle Valley 0: Although the Bulldogs put only four shots on goal, a second-half goal by Briar Youngfleish was the opportunity the Bulldogs needed. After a corner kick ping-ponged around the penalty box, Ally Kissell controlled the ball and sent a crossing pass to Youngfleish, who blasted the shot off an Eagle Valley defender and into the net.

“It was one of those games where we were just a little bit off,” Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said. “Our touches were just a little bit off and our passes were off by a foot. I though we played pretty rough in the first half. But in the second half, we were able to turn it around and our defense was absolutely tremendous.

“It was a really great play by Ally to set up the goal. We didn’t get a touch on the corner, so that kind of bummed me out a little. But Ally got to the ball and made a fantastic pass back across the net to set up the goal.”


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