Fruita can’t handle Bruins in girls soccer loss

Fruita Monument goalkeeper Jessica Jolley, 1, makes the save after a shot on goal by Cherry Creek’s Libby Geraghty, 5, as Fruita’s Alyssa Maraschin, 12, defends during Saturday’s game at Walker Field. The Bruins beat the Wildcats 4-0.

The Fruita Monument High School girls soccer team faced a tough test Saturday, falling 4-0 to Cherry Creek at Walker Field.

The Wildcats (1-1) surrendered three goals to the Bruins (5-0) — ranked just outside the top 10 of the preseason poll — on short through-balls with similar build-up. Cherry Creek worked the ball up the wings occasionally, but the majority of the scoring chances came from attacking the middle of Fruita’s defense.

Fruita Monument coach Alex Garza said a mix of miscommunications and poor shape through the defense and midfield led to goals for Cherry Creek.

“Yeah, Cherry Creek’s a good team, but we just made some mental errors,” Garza said. “They scored three of their four goals on the same type of build-up. We’ll learn from it, we’ll grow from it. We’ll see a team like this, hopefully, in the playoffs.”

Libby Geraghty — a University of Colorado signee — had two goals and an assist for the Bruins.

On the offensive end, the Wildcats only had two shots on goal, but passed well in the midfield and kept Cherry Creek’s defense moving throughout the game.

“We saw a lot of good things that we like today,” Garza said. “It wasn’t just the back line that had issues today. I starts with everyone. All four lines that we were playing out there. We’ll go back into training, work on it, and be better next time.”

The Wildcats continue nonleague play on March 24 when they play at Cheyenne South.


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