Attention senior athletes - Mountain Range will be hosting our National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 6th at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium. If you are interested in participating, please stop by the main office to sign up and pick up your signing day information form. All forms and banners are due to the Athletic Secretary by Friday, February 1st.
4:00 pm, Grass Fields.
Fans were treated to a spectacular performance by the Mountain Range JV on Thursday afternoon as they lined the track along side throwers, sprinters, and jumpers.
Missing one of their mid-fielders, the Lady Mustangs were forced to quickly adapt to a new formation that increased the demands of the game, especially against a strong side like Boulder. But the opening half showed that they were up to the task, the Mustangs staying patient, as they dominated possession on the North field's difficult surface.
Their hard work finally paid off in the second half when a well placed set piece from defender, Emily Martin, found itself in the back of the net after a brilliant dummy from freshman, Talisa Mountain, that successfully drew Boulder's keeper out of position.
Not long after, the Mustangs would score again, when midfielder, Naya Gurrola, found the back of the net with a well executed left-footed strike.
Though Boulder continued to put on the pressure, the Mustang lead would prove too difficult to overcome. Notable performances were also had by junior keeper, Nakita Overberg, and freshman midfielders, Isa Williams and Shay Haney, both of whom had to handle the pressure of being continually out numbered in the center of the field.
6:00 PM, North Stadium
The varsity game also proved to be a strong match up between two incredibly talented Front Range sides.
Both the Panthers and the Mustangs went into the locker room scoreless at half, but it would be Mountain Range that would eventually take the initial lead after senior, Kilee McKenna, placed a curving corner kick in the back of the net.
A set-piece on the other end of the field would prove problematic for the Mustangs though, giving Boulder an opportunity to equalize. Hard play ensued from both teams, until a counter attack, adeptly run down by freshman, Hannah Hopkins, would set up yet another set-piece for Mountain Range.
With a well placed, and phenomenal strike, Skyelar Andolsek managed to draw out the Boulder keeper, allowing senior, Sam Studt, to crash in and regain the lead for the Mustangs.
But with 8 minutes remaining in play, and Boulder throwing everything at the Mustangs, yet another equalizer found its way into the low corner of the Mountain Range goal.
Regulation ended at 2-2 and the teams took the field for the start of the first overtime. Fighting hard, Mountain Range held tight to the tied game for the better part of extra time, but a hard tackle in the mid-field and a volley into the upper corner of the goal left the Lady Mustangs still hunting.
With spring break around the corner, the Mustangs look forward to a strong second half of the season. Their next games will be played against Horizon High School on April 3rd.