Lightning delays Palisade’s playoff game

WINDSOR — Lightning didn’t allow Palisade and Windsor to finish what they started Wednesday night in their first-round game of the Class 4A state girls soccer playoffs.

So, the two will try again at 11:30 a.m. today, resuming play about seven minutes into the second half of a game the Wizards lead 2-0.

Windsor, the 15th seed, had outscored its opponents 63-6 in its 13 wins, and the Wizards (13-2) kept up that trend in the first 13 minutes of the first half.

Their first goal came less than four-and-a-half minutes in, when Bailey Zehr got behind the defense at midfield, dribbled 50 yards and scored on a low kick just inside the right post.

Nine minutes later, Kelsey Steffens scored her team-leading 21st goal off a rebound of her own shot after a diving save by Palisade goalkeeper Katie Dunn left her prone and the net open.

At the 16-minute mark, a lighting strike within 10 miles of the stadium forced a required 30-minute delay. By the time the teams took the field again, a cold, light rain was falling.

The 18th-seeded Bulldogs (11-4) actually outshot the home team 4-2 to close out the half, but they had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.

Seven minutes into the second half, the lightning returned in abundance and forced the postponement.


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