AURORA | Prairie View gave the Hinkley girls soccer team a hard dose of reality Tuesday.
The bruising ThunderHawks knocked around the previously undefeated Thunderbirds for a half of an East Metro Athletic Conference matchup at Aurora Public Schools Stadium on their way to a 5-1 victory.
Hinkley responded on the second half, but managed only a nifty goal by freshman Teaggan Ilela — her team-leading 11th of the season — off a corner kick in falling to 5-1 overall.
“Prairie View was very physical from the beginning of the game and I don’t think we were ready for it right off the drop,” Thunderbirds coach David Nickoloff said. “You never like to lose a game, but I think it was good for us to play a team like Prairie View.”
Indeed the Thunderhawks (3-2) represented a step up in physicality from Hinkley’s previous five opponents — Vista PEAK, Fort Lupton, Denver South, Westminster and Loveland — though Nickoloff compared them a bit with Loveland, which his team beat 2-0 in its previous game on March 21.
Prairie View — which has now won six straight games in the series between the two teams — attacked relentlessly from the opening kickoff and put Hinkley senior goalkeeper Valeria Loera, who played a strong game and made nine saves, under siege immediately.
The ThunderHawks needed just 1 minute, 33 seconds to score, when Veronica Walker put a body on a crossing pass from Zoe Stanley into the net.
Another redirection produced the second goal as Allison Maestas finished a corner kick serve from Danielle Glasmann and Walker scored again when she got in front of a loose ball in the goal box and popped it over Loera’s head from point blank range.
Sparked by sophomore Ashley Rager in the midfield, Hinkley was quicker to the ball in the second half and countered Prairie View’s physical play, though it was the ThunderHawks who got the next goal in the 51st minute when Julianna Alvarado blasted a shot into the top of the net to make it 4-0.
Ilella extended her scoring streak to six games when she took a corner kick from the right of the Prairie View goal and hit the ball low and inside goalie Haley Pachelo inside the far post. She now has 11 goals and six assists in six varsity games.
Alvarado scored the final goal on a quick counter with under three minutes left.
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PRAIRIE VIEW 5, HINKLEY 1
Score by halves:
Prairie View 3 2 — 5
Hinkley 0 1 — 1
First half: Prairie View — Veronica Walker (Zoe Stanley), 2nd minute; Prairie View — Allison Maestas (Danielle Glasmann), 13th minute; Prairie View — Walker (Cianna Peters), 28th minute
Second half: Prairie View — Julianna Alvarado (Gabrielle Luna), 51st minute; Hinkley — Teaggan Ilela, 55th minute; Prairie View — Alvarado (Shanize Reynaud), 77th minute
Goalkeepers: Prairie View — Haley Pachelo (9 shots on goal-8 saves); Hinkley — Valeria Loera (14 shots on goal-9 saves); Corner kicks: Prairie View 5, Hinkley 6. Fouls: Prairie View 11, Hinkley 5.