Melody prevents shutout in CMC loss
As the Eagles wrapped up a three-game weekend, it looked like Colorado Mountain College’s women’s soccer team would go 270 minutes without scoring a goal. Fortunately for CMC, Kaitlyn Melody didn’t want to.Melody, who is originally from New Castle, didn’t let a fractured arm from a previous game keep her from playing on Sunday. Instead, Melody wrapped up the bright orange cast and proved the young Eagles have fight when, in the final minute of regulation, she scored CMC’s lone goal against Cloud City Community College on Sunday.
“I was really glad that we finally got one,” Melody said. “It was time that we get one.” CMC lost the game 3-1, but Melody said the Eagles (1-6) are improving.”We are a little shaky sometimes. We’re still getting used to playing with each other I think, but we are starting to really come together as an offense and as a team,” Melody said.
Running up and down the right side of the field, Melody fired off three other shots on goal before scoring. On her final one, Melody zigged and zagged past two defenders and pounded the ball into the back of the net. The goal broke a long streak of 89 scoreless minutes on Sunday, in addition to a 5-0 loss to Western State on Saturday and a 15-0 loss to North Idaho College, the JuniorCollege Scenic West Conference leader, on Friday night.Two of Cloud City’s goals came in the first half when Ebonee Carter and Emily Arneson snuck goals past CMC’s new goalkeeper, Kira Breitholtz. Breitholtz allowed one more in the second half when Ashley Calvin rolled a grounder by her, but still managed to make 13 saves at her new position.”This is her second game in goal, so she did OK,” said CMC head coach Steve White.
Calvin kicked five other shots on goal in the second half alone, many of which were blocked by Breitholtz or by Eagle defenders Melissa Hilbert and Brittany Dees. Cloud City tried hard to increase its lead in the final minutes of the game, but CMC played tough defense to hold CCCC at three goals.Melody almost scored a goal in the 32nd minute of the second half, but her direct kick was blocked by Cloud City keeper Amie Hendrickson.”We missed some scoring opportunities earlier on and I just believe that we are putting some things together, we just don’t have balance all over the field,” White said.Next, CMC will host Salt Lake Community College at 4 p.m. on Friday.
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