AURORA | Scoreless for 200 minutes of soccer in its previous two games, senior Natalie Beckman and the Grandview girls soccer team began to forget what it was like to see a ball go in the net.
The Wolves came into Tuesday evening’s Centennial League clash with rival Cherokee Trail following back-to-back scoreless double-overtime ties against Arapahoe and Rocky Mountain, leaving them without a goal for a full week’s time since a 6-0 win against Smoky Hill April 3.
Beckman, a fleet-footed University of Denver signee, finally snapped Grandview’s scoring woes with her shot inside the far post with just over five minutes remaining in the first half at Legacy Stadium and junior Lauren Holleran followed with another goal a minute later and the Wolves were off and running on their way to a 4-2 victory.
Senior Morgan Szarka’s penalty kick conversion early in the second proved to be the game-winning goal and Beckman added her team-leading sixth score for some insurance as coach Tari Wood’s Wolves remained undefeated at 5-0-2.
Grandview also moved to 2-0-1 in Centennial League play and owns a share of the lead with Arapahoe, a 3-0 winner over Eaglecrest in the game that followed the Wolves’ contest with the Cougars.
Coach Jeremy Schaller’s Cherokee Trail team had a four-game winning streak — which included a key 3-2 win over Cherry Creek — snapped despite goals from senior Haley O’Nan and sophomore Aaliyah Archuleta.
The Cougars surrendered the most goals they had all season and fell to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the Centennial League.
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