LAKEWOOD — Wheat Ridge girls soccer kept any hope of winning the Class 4A Jeffco League title alive April 18 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Farmers, ranked No. 9 in the CHSAANow.com 4A girls …
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LAKEWOOD — Wheat Ridge girls soccer kept any hope of winning the Class 4A Jeffco League title alive April 18 at Lakewood Memorial Field.
The Farmers, ranked No. 9 in the CHSAANow.com 4A girls soccer poll this week, ended a 2-game conference losing streak with a 4-1 victory over rival Golden.
“We were really ready to get back on the right side of things, get some momentum going forward,” Wheat Ridge coach Dan Watkins said. “We knew it was going to be a battle. We knew Golden would give us all we could handle.”
The game was originally schedule for April 17, but high winds that swept through Colorado postponed all Jeffco Public Schools’ athletic events at stadiums yesterday.
Wheat Ridge (7-4, 2-3 in league) didn’t waste much time to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Jessica Brummett was pulled down in Golden’s goal box in the fifth minute, giving a penalty shot to the Farmers. Senior Melissa Browne converted beating Golden sophomore goalie Katie Hageman.
Golden (3-8, 0-4) answered with a goal from junior Gracie Guerra in the 14th minute to tie things up at 1-1. Wheat Ridge regained the lead for good with a goal by senior Kyra Midory off an assist from senior Macie Browne in the 24th minute.
“I feel like we needed just one win to pick up our energy,” Midroy said. “We got kind of in a funk. I think we’re out of it now.”
Wheat Ridge’s consecutive 1-goal league losses to Standley Lake and Evergreen last week sank the Farmers into the middle of the pack in the most competitive conference in 4A. Valor Christian, D’Evelyn, Wheat Ridge and Standley Lake were all ranked in the top-10 last week, while Evergreen and Littleton were just outside the top-10.
“We definitely want to stay right in the mix,” Watkins said of the conference title. “We feel if we are in the top part of Jeffco we can play with anybody. Staying up in the top-half of the league is important right now.”
Wheat Ridge junior Molly Kratzer scored twice, three minutes apart early in the second half to push the Farmers’ lead to 4-1.
The one disappointment for Wheat Ridge was Melissa Browne picked up a red card in the 45th minute to put the Farmers down a player for the remainder of the game. She also had to miss Wheat Ridge’s league road game against Littleton on April 20. The Farmers lost 2-0 to take some steam away after the win against rival Golden.
Despite the three conference losses, the Farmers still have an outside shot to win a third 4A Jeffco championship over five years. Wheat Ridge won conference titles in 2016 and 2014.
Watkins hopes the Farmers’ league finale at No. 4 Valor (5-1-3, 3-1-1) on Monday, April 30, will have a baring on the conference title.
Golden (3-7, 0-3) has fallen into a spoiler’s role when it comes to the league title. The young Demons have conference games ahead against Valor, Evergreen and Littleton.
With the tough schedule, Golden could earn some critical RPI points to grab one of the 17 RPI bids to the 32-team 4A state tournament.
Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.
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