Strong second half lifts Central soccer past Fruita

From Left—Fruita’s Sarah Hensley and Central’s Stacey Kinnett position for a header at midfield at Walker Field

The Central High School girls soccer team scored three goals in the second half to seize control and beat Fruita Monument 3-0 in a Class 5A Southwestern League game Thursday at Walker Field.

After a scoreless first half, the Warriors controlled the ball most of the second half, outshooting the Wildcats 6-0 and never letting Fruita get set on its end of the field.

The Warriors’ Stacey Kinnett scored the first goal of the game in the first minute of the second half, then Haleigh Higgins scored four minutes later to make it 2-0. Later in the half, Kinnett scored her second goal at the 17th minute of the second half with an assist by Higgins to really put the game away.

Central coach Doug Beach noticed the Warriors’ speed gave them an advantage, so he made some adjustments at halftime.

“We decided to spread them out a little bit,” Beach said. “That’s why we put the speed on the wings and dealt with it that way.”

Beach was pleased with the defensive effort and some great plays by some key players.

“They only got one shot on goal and our defense has been solid all year,” he said.

The defense was led by Sara Thomas and Savannah Moore. Thomas made some nice defensive plays, including one her coach called the play of the year, when she was beat on a play, but used her speed to come back and take the ball from the opponent.

Moore had a quiet game but made some key saves to secure the shutout. Beach said the defenders are more confident knowing they have Moore behind them.

Both schools are back in action Tuesday as Central takes on Grand Junction at Central and Fruita hosts Montrose. 


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