2013 Girls HS Soccer – Green Mountain at Arvada

After two weeks of snow canceling so many games, it was nice to finally be back in the flow of things.  Today it was a girls soccer game between Green Mountain High School and the home team Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex.

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Claire Miles (14) gathers up the ball on the end line in the Ram's game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Claire Miles (14) gathers up the ball on the end line in the Ram’s game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

It has been a touch season for the girls from Arvada High School.  After their first 4 games they were looking pretty good with a 2-0-2 record, with one of those wins and one tie in league play, but after a couple key injuries, the have lost the last 6 games (7 games played, but score against Skyview was not reported, and may be a weather canceled game), with 4 of those losses by mercy rule.

April 25th, 2013: The Arvada Bulldogs goalie kicks the ball down the pitch in the game against the Green Mountain Rams at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: The Arvada Bulldogs goalie kicks the ball down the pitch in the game against the Green Mountain Rams at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

It seemed to me that ever time Arvada got the ball, within seconds it was either stolen by Green Mountain or just given up to the Rams.  I am not saying Arvada is a bad team, they are not.  They just appear to have had some bad breaks this season.  They play the entire 80 minutes though, and do play tough.

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Christiina Makatura (16) brings the ball up the pitch in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Christiina Makatura (16) brings the ball up the pitch in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

Green Mountain, on the other hand, looked very good, and very refined in the game.  They handled the ball well, and delivered some great passes and shots.

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Claire Miles (14) lofts the ball ahead of her in a pass attempt in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Claire Miles (14) lofts the ball ahead of her in a pass attempt in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

And, unfortunately for Arvada, the Rams just overpowered them and even with some moments of brilliance from the Bulldogs best player Aspen Beckwith (pictured bellow), they just could not find the back of the net.

April 25th, 2013: Arvada Bulldog Aspen Beckwith (1) takes control of the ball in Arvada High Schools game against the visiting Green Mountain Rams at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: Arvada Bulldog Aspen Beckwith (1) takes control of the ball in Arvada High Schools game against the visiting Green Mountain Rams at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

For a team on such a downswing, I actually am happy when I see I will be shooting the Arvada team because I know some time during the game, Beckwith is going to try to take total control of the game and let off a phenomenal shot on goal, or totally juke a defender out of her shoes.  It does not always happen when I am in a good position to shoot it, but she is a joy to watch play.

April 25th, 2013: A Green Mountain Ram player jumps into the air to head the ball in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: A Green Mountain Ram player jumps into the air to head the ball in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

But, like I said, the Rams were just too much.  For all the athletic prowess that Beckwith has over just about everyone else on the field, the Rams had that over the rest of the Bulldogs and were able to hold down the Bulldogs.

April 25th, 2013: Arvada Bulldog defender Maraya Brethauer (14) takes the goal kick against the Green Mountain Rams at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: Arvada Bulldog defender Maraya Brethauer (14) takes the goal kick against the Green Mountain Rams at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

So, unfortunately for Arvada, they found themselves the victim of another 10-0 mercy rule loss early in the 2nd half, falling to 2-7-2 for the season.  Since this game was played, Arvada lost their next game 0-7 moving their record for the season to 2-8-2 with 2 more games left.

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Shanna Grove (35) kicks the ball ahead of her in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

April 25th, 2013: Green Mountain Ram Shanna Grove (35) kicks the ball ahead of her in the game against the Arvada Bulldogs at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada, Colorado

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