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Undefeated Cheyenne Mountain’s Sarah Walters scored a hat trick by halftime as the Indians continued their unwavering dominance with a 10-0 win over Falcon.
After nearly 15 minutes on Thursday, rumbling lightning was the only thing that proved to slow down the top-seeded Indians in the first round of the 4A Metro crossover tournament. As a bolt rattled the bleachers empty at Cheyenne Mountain, the home team led the No. 4 Falcons (7-6) 5-0 with 25:41 remaining in the first half.
Before and after the delay, it was a half-field game.
“We came out with a lot of pressure which is what we wanted,” said Indians coach Tomas Martinez, whose team outshot Falcon 21-0. “And then in (the second half) we got some girls some playing time.”
Cheyenne Mountain (12-0) scored five goals in 9½ minutes in sync with the beginning of the NFL Draft.
And so … With the first goal of the 4A crossover game, the Cheyenne Mountain Indians went with Haley McFarlane. The senior defenseman took a corner kick from Amy Eckert and laced it past Falcon’s keeper Samantha Knoll to make it 1-0 in the 4th minute.
Three minutes went by before Walters scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season to make it 3-0. She scored her sixth after the delay.
“It was easy for me to finish because of all the team’s hard work,” she said on a night where she doubled her goal count for the season.
Then, about the time the Washington Redskins made it official with Robert Griffin III, Jade Hilbert and Summer Halle tallied Cheyenne Mountain’s fourth and fifth goals. Hilbert took a crossing pass from Aspen Peifer and slid it to the right of Knoll. Thirty seconds later Halle gave Eckert her third assist of the game, in an eventual four-assist effort, when she scored on a header that elevated just above Knoll’s outstretched fingertips.
After the delay, Cheyenne Mountain closed the game despite a rejuvenated Knoll who made one beautiful save after another.
In the 36th minute, Janae Vander Ploeg looked like Alabama running back Trent Richardson, the No. 3 pick, when she broke away from the crowd and ran 40 yards before Knoll made a colliding save as the three-sport star summersaulted over her. Then 1 minute later Vander Ploeg rifled a 25-yard bullet that was deflected away by the junior. Finally, on the ensuing corner kick, Vander Ploeg finally beat Knoll with a header from a couple yards away.
Knoll ended with 11 saves.
Cheyenne Mountain netted three second-half goals to end the game via mercy rule with 8:31 remaining. McFarlane started the second just as the first when she took an alley-oop pass and headed it in, then Peifer scored on her sixth shot of the game before Jackie Kitchen ended it.
Coach Cynthia Jorgensen said Falcon (7-6) was shocked by the Indians’ fast start. And even though her team welcomed the delay to regroup, it wasn’t enough to prevent its worst loss of the season. The Falcons face Sand Creek on Tuesday.
Cheyenne Mountain will face Wheat Ridge tomorrow and Tuesday will host Air Academy in a semifinal matchup.