Short-Handed Soccer Team Continues Dominance in Southwestern Conference
by Jeff Hunt, Sports Editor
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<strong>HUNTING THE ELUSIVE 'UPPER 90'</strong> - Telluride senior Mackie Fernald (21) watches her shot arc towards the high near-post corner, as freshman teammate Dana Smith (20) observes Ignacio senior goalie Savannah Pearson's reaction Friday afternoon. Though Fernald didn't score on this first-half blast, she did convert late in the second as the Miners coasted to a 9-0 win in a 3A Southwestern Conference game at Down Valley Park on April 4. (Photo by Joel Priest, Bayfield <i>Pine River Times</i>.
HUNTING THE ELUSIVE 'UPPER 90' - Telluride senior Mackie Fernald (21) watches her shot arc towards the high near-post corner, as freshman teammate Dana Smith (20) observes Ignacio senior goalie Savannah Pearson's reaction Friday afternoon. Though Fernald didn't score on this first-half blast, she did convert late in the second as the Miners coasted to a 9-0 win in a 3A Southwestern Conference game at Down Valley Park on April 4. (Photo by Joel Priest, Bayfield Pine River Times.
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TELLURIDE – Just how good is the Telluride High School girls’ soccer team?

Well, they’re good enough that when more than half of the team leaves early for spring break, the ones that stayed behind were able to pick up a valuable 3A Southwestern Conference victory. That’s what happened last week when a short-handed Miner team blanked visiting Ignacio 9-0 on Friday, April 4.

“See, most of my girls had left on Wednesday [April 2], so we had only about 15 girls total of the varsity and junior varsity,” said coach Aja Forestier, whose team also beat Ignacio 7-0 on March 19. “My girls had so much fun. That was probably the most fun the team had all season. My sweeper and stopper scored; the girls that never really get the opportunity to shoot got goals. Mackie [Fenald] scored her first goal of her high school career.”

Forestier also had to give Ignacio credit. “They’re such a wonderful team to play. The score did get out of hand and I really try not to let it get that way. Ignacio stayed positive. They only had one substitute. Those girls have all the heart in the world. They were positive.”

That victory for the Miners (6-3 overall, 6-0 conference) came 24 hours after having lost on the road to 5A Durango (5-2-1), 2-1, on Thursday, April 3.

“That was very disappointing,” Forestier said. “The score wasn’t so bad, 2-1, but it was a really tough game for us and we were missing key players for spring break. I had only 15 girls, so I mixed them together.

“Durango is a strong team,” Forestier continued. “I would’ve liked to have gone up there with my own team. I think everyone was ready for spring break and we were really burned out. It was good game, though. It just seems like every time we match up against the 5A teams, we have someone hurt or someone gone.”

Forestier can relax while her entire team is now out of town for spring break. “I have no girls…not a one of them,” she said.

The Miners won’t return to game action until Tuesday, April 22 when they travel to 4A Montezuma-Cortez (3-2), a game Forestier said, “Is another huge challenge and the girls will be just coming back, so we’ll see how we respond.”

After facing Montezuma-Cortez, the Miners will conclude their season with three consecutive home games – conference foes Bayfield (April 25) and Ridgway/Ouray (April 26), and then Montrose (April 29).

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