Palmer played bumper-to-bumper with Palmer Ridge for a good 6 minutes.
Then the Bears sped away.
Palmer Ridge held the Terrors to one goal in the final 18 minutes of each half as the Lewis-Palmer school district co-op team topped its District 11 counterpart 20-7 to take its seventh straight.
Palmer Ridge has won its past four by double digits, and Friday at Garry Berry Stadium it did more of the same. The Bears scored 20 goals on eight assists and held the Terrors to no assists in a rout.
And to think, it all started so innocently.
The teams traded goals in the first 6 minutes as Palmer Ridge’s Emily Mather got it started after she grabbed the ball off of the opening draw and ran 40-uncontested yards to score just 10 seconds in.
About 2 minutes later, Palmer’s Camy Chisholm tied it and back-and-forth they went.
Allye Webb scored her third goal of the game for the Terrors to tie it at 4-all with 19:02 left in the half.
And that’s when the Palmer offense couldn’t keep up.
“Draw controls are usually the determinant of any game,” said Palmer coach Lila Barzegar, whose team lost 19 of the 29 draw controls to Palmer Ridge (10-2 overall, 6-0 Southern). “They were just killing us on draws.”
The Terrors (3-6, 2-4) wouldn’t score again until Dante Carter flicked one past Briana Knop to cut the deficit to 12-5 with 33 seconds remaining in the first.
Any excitement for the home crowd lasted 31.5 seconds, as Shannon Bryant — who led the Bears with six goals — took an Ashley Walker pass and punched it into the net with 1.5 seconds to go.
In the second, Palmer scored two goals before the 18-minute mark and then went silent the rest of the game. It’s the ninth time Nancy Fritzsche’s bunch has held its opponents to single digits this season.
“The girls are becoming really aware of where the ball is at all times,” Fritzsche said.
Palmer is young and needs to gain more experience, says its coach. It’ll face Conifer (3-6) Tuesday.
As for Palmer Ridge moving forward, it’s looking to win league.
To do that, it will take a home win over Air Academy (11-2, 5-0) on Wednesday.