Bulldogs take step toward playoffs in soccer
The Palisade High School girls soccer team is one step closer to qualifying for the state playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
The Bulldogs claimed a 5-0 Western Slope League victory Wednesday over Moffat County at the Peach Bowl.
“We are extremely motivated to make it,” Palisade coach Luann Ehlers said. “We have worked hard all year, and it’s paying off.”
The payoff has been four straight wins. Since losing 6-0 to Glenwood Springs, the Bulldogs (7-6, 7-5 WSL) have recorded four shutouts in a row and have scored at least three goals in four consecutive games.
With the win, the Bulldogs set up a showdown with Delta at 4 this afternoon at the Peach Bowl. A win would all but guarantee the Bulldogs a spot in the playoffs. A loss would force tiebreakers to come into play.
Ehlers said the Bulldogs are eager to play Delta.
“The older girls are excited to play them,” Ehlers said. “We had a chance to make the playoffs a few years ago, and Delta squeezed us out, so we are looking to not let that happen again.”
Wednesday, Palisade kept the pressure on by keeping Moffat County from getting a single shot on goalkeeper Amelia Davis. Offensively, Palisade took 29 shots on goal.
“Amelia didn’t get much of a workout,” Ehlers said. “Everyone executed well today.”
Palisade’s Flannery Davis led the scoring attack, opening it up on an unassisted goal in the 10th minute. Davis contributed on the next goal by setting up Lindsey Rasmussen, who scored in the 27th minute.
Palisade added to its 2-0 lead when Mackenzie Clark scored on an assist from Jenny Chatfield in the 32nd minute.
Davis added her second goal in the 35th minute, this time getting an assist from Brieanna Kruger.
Davis is only a freshman, but has been the Bulldogs’ main offensive threat. She has scored 16 goals this season.
“Flannery is a great athlete,” Ehlers said. “We tried to put her at midfield (Wednesday), and she found her way back up to the front. She is a true offensive player.”
Logan Rager scored the Bulldogs’ final goal in the 61st minute of the second half.
“We didn’t take this game for granted, and everyone made plays,” Ehlers said.