Wildcats soccer team shows progress in tie
The Fruita Monument High School girls soccer team is out to prove it’s a different team this season.
Friday at Canyon View Park, the Wildcats (1-3-1, 0-0-1 Southwestern League) took a step in right direction with a scoreless tie against Durango.
“This is the best soccer we’ve played,” Fruita Monument coach Eric Anderson said. “It was good to have an league opener against a strong team.”
Durango beat the Wildcats 1-0 and 4-1 last season, but Anderson, in his first season, has focused on getting his team to improve by being more aggressive.
The Wildcats showed that early.
“In the first half, the girls were winning the ball and passing it around,” Anderson said.
Durango had a good chance to take the lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game, but Fruita goalie Kylie Goetz stopped Stephanie Wilson’s shot.
“She had a breakaway and the shot dinged off of one of my defender’s shinguards,” Goetz said. “But I went out and got it.”
The Wildcats sophomore goalie finished with nine saves.
“The key was we all communicated really well,” Goetz said. “The defense was great (Friday), and there were times I was bored back there. I’d rather be bored than have a bunch of shots coming at me.”
The Wildcats had a couple of opportunities in the two overtimes.
In the first overtime, Katie Benton’s shot from the right side hit off the crossbar.
Jennis Hart had two good looks in the second overtime but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Fruita Monument finished with eight shots on goal.
“We held our own like we expected to do,” Goetz said.
Durango coach Aaron Eldridge thought it was a well-played game, despite no goals.
“It was a great game to watch even though there wasn’t much scoring,” Eldridge said. “The two teams played well.”
Eldridge added the Wildcats had made strides from last season.
“I told Coach (Anderson) that he had his team playing well,” Eldridge said. “It’s always good to see teams getting better in the league because it makes the soccer better.”
The Wildcats play at 11 this morning against Montezuma-Cortez at Canyon View Park.
“If we play like we played (Friday), we’ll be all right,” Goetz said.