Frosh foils Bears
RIFLE – Entering Thursday’s game, the Rifle Bears knew they would have their hands full with Delta County freshman phenom Stephanie Spor.Spor entered the game with all seven of Delta County’s goals in 4A Western Slope League games. After Thursday, she had two more goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 victory over Rifle at Bears Field.”(Spor) was lethal,” Rifle head coach Tom Taucher said. “We just couldn’t quite control her. She kind of made us nervous back there.”The nerves were justified.
Rifle took an early lead when Keri Bornschlegel stole the ball from a Delta County defender and chipped it over goalie Tanesha Smith in the 29th minute.The advantage lasted five minutes before Spor found the net. Spor collected the ball near the top of the penalty box and, after a couple of quick cuts, beat Rifle goalie Kadie LaRocque to the low left corner.Despite giving up the goal late in the first half, the Bears seemed to have the momentum early in the second, but couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities. Bornschlegel and Chelsea Webb both just missed the net on scoring chances in the first seven minutes.After the initial flurry, however, Delta County started taking control of the midfield and, unlike Rifle, taking advantage of its opportunities.Delta County took its first lead of the game after Ashley Breitnauer gathered a rebound and netted a scramble goal in the 49th minute.
Webb answered seven minutes later, taking advantage of a through-ball from Haley Hubbell to even the game at 2-2, and hit the crossbar on a free kick a few minutes later. Then Delta County began to get the upper hand in 50-50 balls in the midfield.”It wasn’t as intense in the second half,” Bornschlegel said. “We weren’t concentrating on our passes, and small, bad touches would lead to turnovers and then they go to the other end.””We didn’t control the midfield and gave them time and space to go forward to (Spor),” Taucher added.
“There were a few breakdowns, and when we broke down they punished us.” Spor meted out the final punishment in the 69th minute. With Spor and LaRocque racing for a through-ball that got behind the Bears defenders, Spor got to the ball in time to tip it past the Rifle keeper and put the winner into the open net.LaRocque finished a solid game with 11 saves, while her Delta County counterpart posted 10 stops.Rifle dropped to 2-2 in WSL play. Delta County improved to 2-3 (3-3 overall).Rifle travels to Palisade for a league game at 3 p.m. Thursday.
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