GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Battered, bruised and ill, the Eaglecrest soccer team remains unbeaten to open the season.
The Raptors have suffered injuries to more than half their starters in first few weeks of the new campaign — and had very little practice time outdoors because of bad weather — but and 3-0-1 after Thursday evening’s 2-0 non-league victory over Golden at Stutler Bowl.
Sophomore Korena Perales broke a scoreless tie early in the second half with a beautiful bad angle goal and flu-striken Jessica Westhoff added another a short time later on a cross from Jessica Tennyson to give Eaglecrest all the offense it would need to join Cherokee Trail (4-0-1), Hinkley (4-0-1) and Smoky Hill (3-0-1) as Aurora’s unbeaten teams to begin the season.
Coach Greg Watts’ Raptors played without two starters, had a few other regulars go down during the game and played the second half without leading scorer Brittney Thornton, who had a cheerleading banquet to attend. Junior midfielder Gabby Garcia picked up a lot of the slack with hard-nosed play in the middle of the field.
Freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Garza needed to make just one save to blank Golden, which dropped to 2-3 overall.
The Raptors shut out George Washington in their previous game and haven’t allowed a goal since the second half of a 2-2 tie with Chaparral on March 16.
Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555
EAGLECREST 2, GOLDEN 0
Score by halves:
Golden 0 0 — 0
Eaglecrest 0 2 — 2
Second half — Eaglecrest: Korena Perales, 43rd minute; Eaglecrest: Jessica Westhoff (Jessica Tennyson), 47th minute