Colorado Springs Christian School girls’ soccer coach Jason Rollins is benefitting from junior Kait Halverson’s decision to run track and field a year ago.
Had Halverson played soccer as a sophomore at Cheyenne Mountain, she would’ve been forced to sit out a season of varsity action after transferring to CSCS in the fall.
Now, the Lions are 5-0 on the pitch this season after Thursday’s 5-0 win over The Vanguard School at UCCS. Halverson scored three goals to raise her season total to 13 through five games.
“My goodness,” Rollins said. “She knows how to score. She’s got a great touch. She’s speedy.”
Halverson’s ability was on full display Wednesday.
She opened the scoring in the 16th minute before Ellie Wiza and Grace Rummel added well-placed shots to the far post to help the Lions to a 3-0 advantage in the first 30 minutes.
Halverson added her second just before the half when she won a ball in the box, beat a defender and finished the chance with ease.
She completed the hat trick midway through the second half.
“I feel like a lot of the girls look for my runs,” Halverson said. “I play really well off the ball, so it works out.”
After helping the Indians to the postseason as a freshman, the forward has hopes of leading the Lions on a deep run in her junior season.
“You need a girl that you can count on to make plays happen. Kait makes plays happen. She’s the one that we go to, to make things happen,” Rollins said.
“I like to see that other girls stepped up to the plate today and put the ball in the back of the net.”
Rollins was also happy to see his defense - anchored by defenders Katie and Virginia McGrath and goalkeeper Megan Boucher - pitch a shutout while dealing with Aliyah Moya, the Coursers’ speedy and skilled attacker.
After Moya looked to get behind the Lions’ backline on counterattacks in the first half, Rollins said he emphasized the importance of respecting the sophomore’s speed and pressuring her immediately when she got on the ball.
“We did a good job of that,” Rollins said. “She’s a great player. You’ve got to respect what she can do.”
No player on the field had a bigger impact than Halverson, however, even after some time away from the game she’s played since she was little.
“I missed it so much,” Halverson said.
“Now, I’m back at loving it even more.”