Before Denton could employ early-game smothering tactics Friday, Hannah Alspach scored the first of her two goals 15 seconds into the game to spark visiting Guyer to a 4-1 win to open District 11-4A play.
“It was great,” Guyer coach Kenny Blevins said. “We focus on trying to get on the board first, and we have to get on the board early. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing. To get that taken care of in the first district game of the year, it really lifted us.”
With a defender on her back, Alspach, who recently signed a letter of intent to play at Auburn, took the bouncing ball as it headed into the box and slid it under diving Denton goalkeeper Peyton Lenaburg to the left side of the goal to give Guyer the 1-0 lead.
“It’s not very often, but every game we do try to score as early as we can because it changes the mentality of the game,” Alspach said. “Everyone just gets pumped and ready to go after that first goal, and it kind of knocks the opposing team down a little bit.”
It didn’t take the Lady Wildcats (10-1-1) long to make it 2-0 as Gairy Natividad ripped a shot fom the 25-yard line that bounced off the left post and into the goal past the surprised Lenaburg.
Then next goal came as Alspach relied on cohesion with teammate Peyton Bucklew.
With 13:22 left in the first half, Bucklew sent a 20-yard pass to Alspach, who had her hand up calling for the ball as she went streaking across the center of the field. In stride, she received the pass, spun and rifled a shot into the top left corner for her second goal and a comfortable 3-0 lead.
“I make diagonal runs because it confuses the defense a lot,” Alspach said. “It’s harder for them to mark if you’re coming across because they usually try to zone mark or they just get confused. My friend Peyton, who plays in the back defense, I’ve played with her for 11 years. We just work well together, and I knew she would be able to play that ball to me. It just turned out perfectly.”
In the 55th minute, Vyanka Torralba secured a turnover in Denton’s defensive zone, made a move around a Denton defender and buried Guyer’s fourth goal.
Freshman Olivia Burns got the Lady Broncos (4-4) on the board in the final 10 minutes as she corralled a bouncing ball, split two defenders and slipped a low shot into the open net as she crashed to the ground.
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