Girls Soccer: Rangeview struggles to finish, but edges rival Gateway 1-0

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Rangeview’s Megan Campbell fires a crossing pass toward the Gateway goal during the second half of the Raiders’ 1-0 EMAC girls soccer win over the Olys on March 18, 2013, at Rangeview High School. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | On a game filled with missed chances, Vanessa Madera’s awkward left-footed shot was the difference.

The junior midfielder, a right-footer, produced the only goal on a frustrating day for the Rangeview offense with an off-footed effort in the second half that stood as the lone score in a 1-0 EMAC victory over visiting rival Gateway.

Coach Vic Strouse’s Raiders didn’t allow a shot on goal to the Olys in recording their fourth straight shutout and sixth consecutive victory. Rangeview (7-2 overall, 4-0 EMAC) hasn’t allowed a goal since the second half of a 2-1 win over Northglenn on April 2.

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Rangeview’s Salma Luevano (13) heads a ball over Gateway’s Jazmin Figueroa Mendoza April 18. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Goalkeeper Brittany Lane was credited with 15 saves for Gateway, which dropped to 1-7-1 overall and 0-4 in league play.

A combination of Lane’s play in the nets, good positioning by Olys defenders and rust from a weather-related hiatus helped keep the game scoreless through the first half.

Rangeview had 10 corner kick tries in the first half, but leading scorer Megan Campbell — who came into the game with 17 goals — Madera and a variety of others just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

Three more corner kick chances and Campbell’s shot off the right goalpost kept the game even for the first 12 minutes of the second half until Madera finally converted, hitting a shot with her left foot that hugged the ground and beat a diving lane to the far corner of the goal.

It was Madera’s fifth goal of the season.

Gateway didn’t generate much offensive pressure, as Rangeview goalkeeper Kaylee Szuch touched the ball only two times in the entire game, both when she came out of the goalie box to cut off a long ball.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

RANGEVIEW 1, GATEWAY 0

Score by halves:

Gateway      0  0 — 0

Rangeview  0  1 — 1

SCORING

Second half — Rangeview: Vanessa Madera, 53rd minute