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Lady Wolverines top Highlanders, 3-0

Wagner hat trick saves split of weekend pair
Bayfield senior Preslie Wagner (12) receives a pass while shielding the ball away from Pagosa Springs freshman Baylee Davis (19) during 3A Southwestern League action earlier in the season. (Joel Priest/Special to the Herald)

Finding Colorado Springs’ 6,035-foot elevation above sea level, about as close to Bayfield’s 6,900-plus as one can get out on the Front Range, more to her liking than lower-situated Loveland’s, senior Preslie Wagner’s first-half hat trick was all the Lady Wolverines needed to blank Thomas MacLaren School 3-0 in girls soccer action on Saturday.

Juniors Sydney Rey and Kambrie Byrd were each credited with one assist in the road win over the Lady Highlanders, and senior goalkeeper McKenna Noonan was credited with 12 saves in registering a shutout. MacLaren sophomore Louisa Stanton started the match in net for the home side but was swapped out at halftime for freshman Claire Watts, who then kept BHS from doing any more damage.

TMLS slipped to 3-3-1 overall (0-1-0 2A Black Forest), while Bayfield – defeated 3-0 the previous afternoon at Loveland Classical Academy – improved to 4-3-1 (1-1-1 3A Southwestern) prior to resuming league work Tuesday, April 16 at home versus Montezuma-Cortez (2-3-1, 1-1-1).

In the loss to LCA, the Lady Wolverines actually kept the Lady Lions (6-1-0, 4-0-0 2A Metro Hills-West) scoreless for the first 40 minutes before Loveland Classical broke through after intermission. Sophomore Abigail Ruppert scored two goals for the victors, and classmate Kaelyn Doan one. She was also credited with an assist, and junior Emily Carman earned two.

After hosting M-CHS, Bayfield will next welcome 2A Ridgway on the 18th (kickoff at 4 p.m.) and then get back into SWL play versus Alamosa on the 20th (11 a.m.).