Tayler’s tough break: Warriors’ goalie solid in 1-0 loss

Photo by William Woody—Central’s Ashley Paul, 16, and Haleigh Higgins, 19, take the ball away from Durango’s Kelsey McLean Friday in the first half of the Warriors’ 1-0 loss at Walker Field.

As a first-year soccer player, Central goalie Tayler Else found herself in one of the sport’s toughest situations.

Late in the second half of the Warriors’ 1-0 loss to Durango on Friday night at Walker Field, Else had two offensive players rushing the net and only one defender between them and the goal.

Else came out to the ball and Durango’s Meghan O’Brien was able to get a shot off, scoring the only goal in the Southwestern League opener for both teams.

“They just got past our defense,” Else said. “She came straight at me. I tried to charge her and make her go the other way, but it didn’t work as well.”

“We had one girl holding them onside,” Central coach Doug Beach said. “If she would have just stopped, they would have been offside.”

Although the goal got away from her, Else recorded 12 saves against a Durango offense that came on full-force in the second half.

The Warriors’ offense wasn’t able to find the back of the net despite getting six corner kick opportunities in the first half and numerous breakaways on through balls

“We had our chances,” Beach said. “We had eight really good chances. ... Our touches are just a little off, our passes are just a little off right now, and they’ll come.”

The Demons were able to fend off those good chances.

“There were a few times they had numbers on us and were really pushing us,” Durango coach Aaron Eldridge said. “Our defenders did a fantastic job of dealing with the situation.”

The Demons took control and kept the ball in their offensive third for the majority of the second half.

“I told them the thing we needed to do in the second half (to remain in control) was to make sure we keep possession,” Eldridge said. “They really took that to heart.”

Durango played the majority of the game without starting goalkeeper Abby Surmeier, who was injured during a collision with Central‘s Stacey Kinnett.

Surmeier recorded three saves before she left the game. Her backup, Jessica Thulson, had 12.


Cody Rahmann kept Fruita Monument in control Friday to defeat Piedra Vista, N.M., 6-1 in the second day of the Farmington Tournament.

Rahmann threw 61⁄3 innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four. Fruita coach Ray McLennan said Rahmann did a good job of dictating the at-bats against a talented Panthers team.

“They were a great team that put a lot of balls into play,” McLennan said. “But Cody threw strikes, made sure he was up in counts, and attacked batters.”

Rahmann gave up a run in the first inning, which the Wildcats got back in the second when Levi Kramer scored on a botched pickoff attempt at second base.

The game remained knotted 1-1 until the Wildcats (6-1) put up a four-run fifth inning.

Kramer, Aaron Barger and Ryan Mixon all got key hits in the four run inning.

The Wildcats play Farmington at 4 this afternoon for the tournament championship.


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