Published: September 9, 2013
Monument - Palmer Ridge had plenty of chances. It capitalized on enough of them.
Four players notched goals Monday, and the Bears won the battle of Colorado Springs' only two field hockey teams, defeating Cheyenne Mountain 4-0.
The Bears (3-2, 3-1 league) played nearly the entire game in the Cheyenne Mountain end. While they had a number of short corners, coach Paul Lewis would have liked to have seen his players score on more of them.
"It's just a matter of doing the right things and capitalizing on shots," Lewis said. "We just didn't get enough capitalization on ... about 30 short corners."
Jessica Berg put the Bears up 1-0 midway through the first half before the Bears scored twice just minutes apart to build a three-goal lead.
Daelynn Demello pounded in a short corner and assisted on Briana Knop's goal less than 3 minutes later with 1:17 left in the half.
"Our ball work and our passing is getting better, so that improved," Demello said.
Demello finished with a goal and two assists. Berg finished with a goal and assist. Mikayla Martin rounded out the scoring for the Bears.
"We have a good offense this year, so it's going to help us throughout the season," said Demello, who leads the Bears with nine goals.
The Bears held Cheyenne Mountain (0-3-1, 0-3) to zero shots on goal in their second shutout of the season.
Cheyenne Mountain has scored just once this season.
"Offensively we're still working on some things," senior Alexa Donner said. "You've got to take baby steps every year."
The Indians blocked a number of shots, and goalie Erica Golditch was strong in net. The team remains upbeat.
"It's a little struggle, but we're getting better," coach Paula Rizzi said. "We're a young team still. Every game we want them to take something away from the game and then we work on that in practice."
The Bears reached the state finals last season, only to come up short on free shots in the title game. This season's team is looking to get back there.
"I thought the girls played good," Lewis said. "We can always get better and that's what we try and do every game."