WESTMINSTER - A veteran Legacy girls soccer team continues to take care of business.
The Lightning, who graduated four players last season, battled to a tough 2-0 win over Horizon on April 11 to pick up their seventh victory of the season.
“We returned a great group of players from last year’s team that made it to the state tournament quarterfinals,” Legacy coach David Castro said.
“We also have a strong freshman class.”
That combo has helped the Lightning win seven of their first eight games and four of five in the Front Range League.
Legacy’s lone loss came in a tough 2-1 loss to Fossil Ridge earlier this season.
“Most games in our conference are very physical,” Castro said. “There is a lot at stake every game.”
Playing in a tough FRL, which features three squads ranked in the top five — including Legacy (4-1 FRL) which is currently No. 2.
That physicality was also nothing new in a rivalry game against Horizon, as each squads battled for loose balls. While the Lightning got the win, the Hawks didn’t make it easy.
“The rivalry certainly plays a part in it,” Castro said.
Freshman Madison Gallegos and senior Michelle Vadeboncoeur each found the back of the net for Legacy.
It was the fifth game in Vadeboncoeur has scored this season. The Lightning also cruised to a 2-0 win over Mountain Range on Apr. 4.
It was the fifth consecutive loss for Horizon (2-5 overall, 1-3 FRL), which has had the tough fate of facing three of the top squads in the state — Fairview, Fort Collins and Legacy.
Bailey Lucero and Darian Drake each have four goals this season for the Hawks.
The schedule won’t get any easier for either squads, especially in the FRL which has had four squads in the state quarterfinals and two in the semifinals last season.
“The Front Range League is one of the strongest in the state,” Castro said. “Every win in the league is super important.”