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First-half deficit too much for Evergreen

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By Chelsy Woods Klein

LAKEWOOD — The Evergreen girls’ soccer team was defeated by Green Mountain 3-1 on April 27 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Lady Cougars’ loss was especially hard to swallow given that, going into their matchup, Evergreen and Green Mountain were the only undefeated teams left in the 4A Jeffco League.
The win locked up the conference title for Green Mountain, which improved to 12-0-1 overall, 8-0-1 in league play.
“I’m never happy to lose,” Evergreen head coach Peter Jeans said. “But I thought that (we) played real hard and that (we) played very well. Green Mountain is a really good team, and we just came up on the short end.”
Jeans credited the Lady Cougars (9-2-3, 6-1-2) by noting their hardwork and dedication to finish the game strong. He was pleased with the teamwork between sophomore Jenny Slack and senior Alyssa Boyle, who scored Evergreen’s only goal.
But Jeans said that his team fell short when it came to playing the backfield, citing that there were a couple of plays that really affected the flow of the game.
Green Mountain junior Claire Miles, with her team leading 2-0, kicked the ball toward the net from just inside midfield. Sailing against strong winds, Miles pocketed the ball into the upper left corner beyond Evergreen freshman goalkeeper Natalie Ulfig.
Green Mountain seniors Katie Marcheso and Lindsay Forrest dominated play throughout with each scoring a first-half goal.
“It’s an 11-person game, so (we were) concentrating on a few players. But Green Mountain is a good team and they found the open players when they needed it and that’s the way it goes,” Jeans said.