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The Skyview girls soccer team gave Wolverines fans a lot to cheer about May 1 as they closed out the Thornton team’s regular-season play with an 11-1 victory over Englewood.
The Wolverines controlled the tempo of play and, as their coach said, they pressed the attack, scoring early and often. Junior Yadira Ramos Gurrola took a free kick and drove the ball past the diving Englewood goalie just minutes into the game. It was the first of six goals she scored in the game.
Senior teammate Emali Ortega scores two goals and had two assists, sophomore Sabrina Casias had a goal and three assists, Sara Rodriguez Gomez ha a goal and an assist and sophomore Claudia Santillan scored a goal for the Wolverines.
Englewood did get off 18 shots at the net but only one was successful for the Pirates, as Wolverines goalie Brooke Barringer made 17 saves.
In the regular season the Wolverines were 9-6 overall and 5-2 in league. The team is tied for second place in the Colorado 7 league with Englewood and Fort Morgan. Skyview beat Englewood but lost to Fort Morgan.
“We are playing pretty well right now,” Skyview Coach Juan Carlos Lopez said. “We are a veteran team made up mostly of juniors and seniors. They work well together and move the ball around to keep pressure on the other team’s defense.”
The first-year coach it is also good news that the freshmen and sophomores on the junior varsity team are also playing good soccer.
“The strength of the varsity this season is our attack led by two of the top scorers in the league. Yadira Ramos Gurrola has 32 goals and Emali Ortega has 21 goals so far this season,” he said. “We play ball control and we do a lot of shooting. That is our style.”
Ramos Gurrola, a junior, said soccer is her sport and the only sport she plays.
“Soccer is a family tradition and something I like to do,” she said. “I started playing soccer when I was a 3-year-old. I believe now my strength is I am mentally strong and play very smart soccer.”
She said he dad played soccer and helped her learn the game and he is now the coach of her club team.
“I am a junior and want to do all I can to help our team win this year and hopefully next year,” she said. “I want to continue to play soccer after graduation at Metropolitan State University, where I want to study to become an athletic trainer.”
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