Special K: Krista Ferguson’s hat trick lifts Central to win
Krista Ferguson might only be a sophomore on the Central High School girls soccer team, but that isn’t stopping her from being the difference-maker.
Thursday at Long Family Park, Ferguson scored back-to-back goals in the sixth and seventh minute to lead the Warriors to a 3-0 victory over Rifle.
“We are young this year,” Ferguson said. “But we needed a confidence booster and this was a good one.”
The Warriors were entering Thursday’s game with five consecutive losses, including the past three by a combined 15-0.
Ferguson broke the game open in the sixth minute, scoring on an assist from Shanelle Southam.
Ferguson found herself on an open run one minute later and again got the ball past Rifle (4-6-1, 2-3-1 Western Slope League) goalie Jazmine Quintana.
“It felt good to get the first one, but the second one gave us room to play our game,” Ferguson said. “The defense and midfielders were working really hard to get it up to me and I made sure to finish it.”
Central has struggled early in games all season, but Thursday’s quick scores helped the Warriors (2-10, 0-8 Southwestern League) avoid that trend.
“I tell my girls that the first part of the game is important,” Central coach Jacob Pingel said. “In the beginning everyone is trying to find their touch, and (Ferguson) is a work horse and she found a way to get back-to-back goals.”
Emily Dufford assisted on Ferguson’s second goal.
“This was good for our morale,” Pingel said. “We needed to see that progress when it comes to scoring.”
The Warriors had numerous opportunities to pad their lead — they finished with 31 shots on goal.
Despite peppering Quintana, the Warriors didn’t score again until the 77th minute when Ferguson completed her hat trick.
Ferguson took a pass from Lynzee Dwyer and knocked the ball over Quintana’s head. Ferguson’s three goals Thursday boosted her season total to five.
“It was just one of those days,” Ferguson said. “We haven’t controlled the tempo in a lot of our games so (Thursday) felt a lot different.”
The Warriors got the shutout from goalie Robbi Termentozzi, who is filling in for injured goalie Marissa Brown.
“We want development at all levels,” Pingel said. “It’s about building a program and this team for the future.”
Central plays next at Moffat County on Monday before finishing up its season with games against Montrose and Grand Junction.