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Five-star Kaufmann leads Cougars to rout

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Evergreen hoping easy win over Englewood primes the pump for tougher games this week vs. Pomona, Golden

By Joe Vaccarelli

LAKEWOOD — Anya Kaufmann had never scored more than four goals in a game before.

Well, she took care of that in the first half in Evergreen’s game against Englewood on April 9. The only question was if she would she get her fifth.

It wasn’t looking like she would, but with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second half, Kaufmann fired a shot past the Englewood goalie to tally that fifth goal and set a new personal record as she helped lead the Cougars past the Pirates in an 8-0 laugher at Lakewood Memorial Field.

“Definitely out of the ordinary,” Kaufmann said of her scoring performance. “(The ball) just came my way a lot. I got a few breakaways and finished them. Normally I look to pass it off and get some other girls some goals, but it was there for me today, so I took it.”

Evergreen head coach Whitney Walker was pleased to see one of her top scorers get going as she knows she will need some goals as the season gets tougher next week.

“She absolutely is a goal scorer and I’m not surprised to see her work ethic on that end,” Walker said. “She’s looking forward to getting some top goals in games that we’re looking forward to so it was a good game for her to get some confidence.”

While five goals would have been enough against Englewood, Kaufmann did get some help as Haley Stading gave Evergreen a 4-0 lead with a goal from the top of the penalty box and Ellie Petric capped the Cougars’ six-goal first half with a score late in the half.

Jessica Wormer scored the first goal of the second half for the Cougars, who mainly played keep away with the Pirates it a sterile second half.

The Evergreen defense was also on display as the Cougars used ball control to limit Englewood’s scoring opportunities. In fact, the Pirates would only register one shot, which was saved easily by goalie Kara Turner, who was not tested all day. Evergreen would outshoot the Pirates 19-1 in the contest.

Since spring break, the Cougars haven’t allowed a goal and have outscored their two opponents 18-0.

“They certainly did a good job of getting pressure on the ball, being confident and poised in the back,” Walker said. “I think it was a good game for us to get some confidence back there, get our keeper involved a little bit. I think they were just real mature with the ball and that was good to see.”

The win was the third in a row for the Cougars (4-2), who have now rebounded from a 1-2 start and are looking forward to two big games this upcoming week against Pomona and Golden that should test the Cougars’ mettle.