Late game goal takes lifts Telluride over Alamosa

Alamosa keeper Kelly Castillo collects an errant ball in front of Telluride’s Ayla Kanow (14) during Friday afternoon’s game. The stellar goal keeping from Castillo kept the Moose in the game well into the second half. (VC/ Jiron)

ALAMOSA — An Ava Hagan goal with 15 minutes remaining became Telluride’s difference maker in Friday afternoon’s cross class girls soccer game. The Telluride Miners were in town taking on Alamosa in part two of Friday’s girls’ soccer doubleheader.

The Miners were successful taking a 1-0 victory over the host Mean Moose.

Alamosa has had a rough streak this season dropping eight in a row before stringing two together over Ignacio and Center. The Moose could not keep that delicate win streak alive come Friday against the competitive Miners.

Telluride controlled the pace against the home team taking it on the attack and stifling incursions from Devyn Mitchell and Melody Lipke. The Moose were forced to play the majority of the game on the defensive relying on their defenders to track down and clear balls.

Leaks still trickled out and turned into shots on goal. Preliminary stats had Alamosa keeper Kelly Castillo facing 9 shots, 6 of which turned into shots on goal.

In the second half Alamosa put the clamps on Telluride’s defense cutting them from 6 shots on goal to just 3 and increased their own shot totals. Even with solid play from keeper Castillo and a beneficial game plan in the second half it was there that the Miners won the game.

A corner kick would sail on Castillo who would tip it but couldn’t entirely gobble it up. She would find it, but before she could make her way through the bodies to wrangle it Tellurides Ava Hagan knocked in the go ahead with just under 16 minutes to play in the game.

Telluride would hold on to take the 1-0 win. Alamosa won’t have long to figure out where they went wrong as Saturday the Moose will welcome 2A’s No. 13 ranked team Ridgeway for the regular season closer at Alamosa High School field. Game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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