AURORA | Elyse Bailey has seen her share of goalies — in field hockey and soccer — so she had a good idea where she wanted to put her penalty stroke attempt Saturday afternoon.
Smoky Hill’s standout junior midfielder converted her one-on-one chance with Grandview’s goalie during the third quarter of a matchup at Legacy Stadium, which at the time gave the Buffs a two-goal advantage.
A score in the closing seconds by the Wolves made Bailey’s score the game-winner in a 2-1 victory that moved coach Lisa Griffiths’ Smoky Hill field hockey team to 2-0 on the young season. Senior Mollie Keating had the other goal for the Buffs, who haven’t won their first two games of a season since 2010.
Senior Emma Cary tallied with 14 seconds remaining for coach Alex Smith’s Grandview team, which is now 0-1-1 after playing back-to-back contests.
The Buffaloes — who defeated Dakota Ridge 1-0 two days earlier — now face a difficult stretch of games with Kent Denver (Aug. 22), Regis Jesuit (Aug. 24) and Arapahoe (Aug. 28) ahead in the next week-plus. Smoky Hill lost to those three teams by a combined score of 19-1 last season.
Grandview, meanwhile, has an Aug. 23 contest against Cherry Creek followed by an Aug. 28 contest against Regis Jesuit.
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Smoky Hill 2, Grandview 1
Score by quarters:
Grandview 0 0 0 1 — 1
Smoky Hill 1 0 1 0 — 2
Grandview goal: Emma Cary. Smoky Hill goal: Elyse Bailey, Molly Keating. Smoky Hill assist: Henley Whitehead