Canon City's Lisa Miller records first hat trick, leads Tigers to big soccer win over Woodland Park

Canon City's Sammi Holt, left, and Woodland Park's Piper Doust chase down a ball during the Tigers' 7-1 win at Woodland Park High School on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Chhun Sun, The Gazette)

WOODLAND PARK  • In possibly the second-to-last game of her high school girls' soccer career, Canon City's Lisa Miller couldn't have scripted a better result.

The senior earned her first varsity hat trick Friday night, leading the Tigers to a 7-1 road victory over Woodland Park in 4A Colorado Springs Metro League action.

It also boosted Canon City's overall record to 9-4-1, but the Tigers will likely need help from other teams as they are a bubble team in the RPI standings and sit a few spots away from a playoff game.

"It's kind of out of our hands," Canon City coach Pat Callahan said.

Still, on Friday, the Tigers had something to play for.

They improved to 5-2 in league play and sit in third place before facing Widefield (5-8-1, 4-3) in the season finale Tuesday. The Classical Academy (7-0) and Elizabeth (6-1) are two top league teams.

Canon City started a little slow, but things began to change in the ninth minute against Woodland Park (4-6-1, 3-2-1). That's when Miller recorded her first goal, a shot that went into the right corner.

But Miller couldn't do it all by herself. Four others scored for the Tigers, who have won six of their past seven games.

The Tigers went up 3-0 at halftime, thanks to goals from Sammi Holt and Gillian Hardy.

The onslaught continued in the second half, as Miller scored twice more and Cassidy Heimel and Macy French each added a goal.

Senior Samantha Lecky knocked in Woodland Park's lone goal in the second half.

Callahan said the high number of Canon City scorers is a byproduct of having a deep roster and subbing in and out a large group during the game. It's a strategy that keeps the Tigers from getting tired.

"As a coach, it's nice to see that kind of balance," he added. "We have older players that are seasoned and know how to score and we have some younger players that have stepped in as well."

Miller agreed.

"We have so much depth, so it's easy for us to put out fresh legs every single time," the outside midfielder said. "So many people to score because everyone on our team have that capability."

And besides the win, Miller was relieved she finally got a hat trick.

This season, she scored two goals once but couldn't get it.

"Especially in the second half of the season, she's scoring a goal here and there consistently and it shows her tenacity," Callahan said. "She's playing hard. It's her senior year and she's playing like it's her senior year."

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