Legacy soccer stout in win over Horizon

By Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/9/19

At North Stadium Oct. 3, the score was notched at 0-0 through 37 minutes between Legacy and Horizon soccer (3-6, 1-4 in conference). Fifteen seconds later, Legacy senior Joey Joiner found the back of …

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Legacy soccer stout in win over Horizon

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At North Stadium Oct. 3, the score was notched at 0-0 through 37 minutes between Legacy and Horizon soccer (3-6, 1-4 in conference). Fifteen seconds later, Legacy senior Joey Joiner found the back of the net for the only score the Lighting would need. Legacy moved to 8-1 (4-1 in conference) in the 3-0 win by handing Horizon its fifth straight defeat,

“I think in the first half, we had a lot of chances, but we were not finding that final touch of quality,” Legacy coach Anthony Romano said after the game. “It wasn’t that we weren’t creating the chances; we just didn’t do what we needed to finish. Their goalie made several saves early on, and I think in the second half, we had better passes to set our teammates up.”

Junior goalie Wesley Gowdy made miraculous save after miraculous save to keep things within striking distance for the normally potent Hawks’ offensive attack. However, the Lightning defense led by junior Jorden Wehrly and sophomore Ulises Rodriguez didn’t allow much to get to senior goaltenders Brandon Hansen and Diego McClure all night.

“I was very impressed with Horizon offensively. They had two or three guys playing with a lot of pace,” Romano said. “That said, I was very impressed with my guys and their ability to handle them. We had some good 1-on-1 defending with very good efforts from our second defenders coming from mid-field to show up and help as well. We did a much better job tonight as far as one of our backs creating initial pressure and the other one giving us depth.”

Adding insurance goals in the second frame to put the game out of reach for the Hawks, senior Blake Hansen (35:04 left) and senior Jack Mullins (2:25 left, assist by senior Ryan Bennett) converted scores. The Lightning have scored three goals or more in all of their wins in 2019. In the team’s lone loss the offense only scored once.

One clear strength on full display Thursday was the amount of depth in the Legacy program. With 19 players listed, including senior Adoney Varela with a standout night off the bench, this squad has a good array of weapons at its disposal, entering the back half of the season.

“We are very fortunate that we have a lot of depth,” Romano said. “Against a team of quality, they (bench) did a great job tonight. I was very happy with it.”

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