Lady 'Cats kick off slate at home

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:28 PM
Photo by Joel Priest

Ignacio's Tristan Boone (3) wards off Telluride's Mackenzie Hild (15) to gain possession during last Saturday's season-opener at IHS Field.

It was probably the last thing Head Soccer Coach Oscar Cosio wanted to see. His only backup goalkeeper, Hailey Benavidez, went down with an injury late in last Saturday's season-opener

He already had lost three of last year's goalies - Nicole Williams, Destinee Lucero (graduated), Amya Bison (concussion). But after new starter Krissy Velasquez's 79th-minute doorstep robbery of Telluride's Rachael Repol not long before the final whistle at IHS Field, the Lady Bobcats' second-year coach was still very much upbeat, despite his side falling 6-0.

"I think that's the happiest I've been after a loss," he quipped later in the afternoon.

Maybe because Ignacio had held the Lady Miners and their first-year boss Lanier Nelson to just six goals, rather than the nine or 10 THS usually manages. But maybe it was also because even without a few members of the girls' basketball team, needing to finish the state-mandated number of practices to become match-eligible, Cosio suited up 14 players. This proved that despite its existence teetering on the proverbial ropes every season, interest in the hard-luck program still hasn't been knocked out.

Velasquez totaled 11 stops. Up next for Ignacio (0-1, 0-1) will be a trip to Pagosa Springs on the 18th.

BAYFIELD BEGINS STRONG: A few of the Bayfield Lady Wolverines were in attendance, scouting both teams in advance after BHS' season-opening 3-2 win at Wolverine Country Stadium over Salida the afternoon before.

Bayfield had built a 2-0 lead at intermission on goals by Meaghan Mooney and Jaida Ross. Maddy Duran then made the lead 3-1 before speedy Salida countered and forced Jennifer Zelinski's team to play fully until the end.

Freshman Kailee Millard earned the win in net for BHS (1-0, 0-0 3A Southwestern.)

The girls' next match will be at Alamosa on the 18th, beginning SWL work.