Ignacio scores win over Center

Herald Staff Report

The Ignacio High School girls soccer team stays positive win or lose, coach Andrew Fenity said, but on Tuesday the Bobcats had reason to feel even better than usual.

The Ignacio girls beat the Center Vikings 4-1 for their first victory of the season.

“It feels amazing,” Fenity said. “It feels like all the hard work we’ve been doing in the preseason and in practice is finally paying off.”

Fenity said the Bobcats’ touch on the ball has gotten better over the season. They’re keeping their heads up, playing to the open spaces and making the ball do the work for them, he said.

On Tuesday, it was Destinee Lucero who made that ball work most. She scored a hat trick, with three goals in the first half – two of them in the first 10 minutes of play and the third late in the half.

“We started at a very fast, rapid pace offensively,” Fenity said. “She played phenomenal. Her touch on the ball was absolutely incredible. She’s really blossomed into a really good offensive threat.”

Carly Barborinas, whom Fenity also described as “phenomenal,” added the fourth goal halfway through the second half.

Although the offense came out focused, Fenity said the defense was a little lackadaisical at first. That didn’t last though, and he said defender Kayla Knipp had a standout game of her own.

“It’s her first year, and she played utterly aggressive the entire match and never stopped running,” Fenity said.

The Vikings’ lone goal found net with 10 seconds to go in the match.

The Bobcats (1-4) play at Ridgway on Friday before taking on Pagosa Springs at home at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Although the girls are always positive, Fenity said wants to see them continue to taste victory.

“I would like the girls to realize how awesome it is to compete on the soccer field and have a final result that favors us,” Fenity said.

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