Panther girls claim two of last three on the pitch

The Panorama girls celebrate Monday's victory over Greene County at Karber Field in Grand Junction. Photo submitted.

GRAND JUNCTION — Panorama found the back of the Greene County goal repeatedly Monday in claiming a 7-1 win over the Rams at Karber Field.

The win comes after a split decision Saturday at the Nevada tourney, where Panorama topped Ballard 1-1 (4-2 on penalty kicks) before falling, 3-0, to the hosts.

Monday’s victory march started in the first minute of play when Audrey Cmelik scored an unassisted goal. Ella Waddle scored on a penalty kick in the 15th minute and Laci Rishel on a penalty kick six minutes later to help generate a 3-0 advantage at the break.

Cmelik scored in the first minute of the second half as well, with Waddle finding the net of a Cmelik assist in the 50th minute for a 5-0 Panther lead. Audrey Cmelik turned a Paige Cmelik pass into a goal in the 61st minute, with Waddle beating the keeper off a Rishel assist two minutes later as the margin swelled to 7-0.

Greene County (3-10) avoided the shutout by scoring on a break-away run in the final minutes.

Ashley Clark had five saves in playing the first 76 minutes in goal for Panorama (9-4), with Cassidy Richard in goal for the four final minutes of the match.

Saturday’s play began with Panorama meeting Ballard. Waddle’s first half goal off a Paige Cmelik assist created a 1-0 Panther lead, with Sydney Halverson tying the game in the second half, Kerrigan Bock providing the assist.

The teams played a pair of scoreless five-minute extra periods, forcing penalty kicks to decide the issue. Panorama claimed the win with a 4-2 edge after each team had five shots on goal.

Class 1A No. 8 Nevada was the next opponent for previously-ranked Panorama, with the team playing a scoreless first half. Mayzi Weig found the net twice and Contessa Borwick once after the intermission to carry the Cubs to the victory.

Panorama will host Collins-Maxwell for a coed twin bill Friday, with the girls match starting at 5 p.m. The event will serve as Spring Sport Senior night for all Panther spring sports.



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