Wildcats find net, get first victory
After being held scoreless through the first six games of the season, Fruita Monument junior forward Lauren Alpert found the back of the net twice Saturday as the Wildcats defeated Montezuma-Cortez 2-0 at Walker Field.
Alpert scored the Wildcats’ first goal of the season after gathering in a rebound. She buried the ball into the lower left corner during a scrum in front of the net.
“I was just trying to figure out how to put my foot on it,” Alpert said. “It was crazy in there.”
Alpert’s second goal came several minutes into the second half when senior captain Anna Woomer sent a sliding crossing pass to Alpert. Alpert received the pass and took aim, sending the ball past the Panthers’ diving goalkeeper, Mariah Edwards.
“They needed that taste in their mouth,” Fruita Monument coach Tracey Burke said.
“Hopefully, there will be more to come with that.”
The Wildcats’ defense played well, holding the Panthers scoreless and allowing only three shots. Fruita goalkeeper Megan Golike did not need to make a save during the game.
Alpert had a chance for a hat trick with less than 10 minutes left in the game. The junior took a pass with only one defender left between her and the goalkeeper, but the Panther defender broke up the play by sending the ball out of bounds.
“She’s playing great,” Burke said of Alpert. “It’s weird because we kind of put her up there by herself, and she doesn’t have to do as much. It turns out she does more for us and creates more opportunities just being up there by herself.”
Burke said the Wildcats are starting to understand the proper positioning and movement on defense and now will try to focus more on the offensive side of the ball.
Alpert is just happy the team’s hard work is paying off.
“It’s so amazing,” Alpert said of the first win. “I’m really glad we finally got a win. We’ve been
working hard and it’s finally showing.”