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Palmer Ridge dominates, but Woodland Park vows return to postseason

May 7, 2013 Updated: May 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm
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photo - Woodland Park's Shannon Bingen, left, battles Palmer Ridge forward Mackenzie Gouner for the ball Tuesday, May 7, 2013, during the first half of their 4A girls soccer playoff game at Lewis-Palmer High School.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Woodland Park's Shannon Bingen, left, battles Palmer Ridge forward Mackenzie Gouner for the ball Tuesday, May 7, 2013, during the first half of their 4A girls soccer playoff game at Lewis-Palmer High School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)  

MONUMENT The night's loudest roar came not from the fans cheering on Palmer Ridge during a 9-1 win over Woodland Park on Tuesday at Don Breese Stadium.

Instead, the eruption sounded with 20:04 left in the game after Panthers sophomore Morghan Sieracki found the back of the net on a low blast from 12 yards out.

The lone goal gave Woodland Park (10-5-1), the No. 30 seed in the 32-team 4A girls' soccer tournament, a boost heading into the offseason. And a reason for everyone in forest green uniforms to raise their voices.

'It feels good to get one, and this gives us a kick start for next season, ' Sieracki said. 'We've all been working to get here. The first 15 minutes were tough, but we didn't want to let them mercy-rule us (a 10-goal deficit). We didn't give up. '

No. 3 Palmer Ridge (12-3-1) did what an overwhelming home favorite should do: score early and often. The Bears set the tempo with six goals in the first 21:26 as coach Nick Odil pulled his starters and gave his reserves plenty of playing time.

Mackenzie Gouner opened the scoring just 2:50 into the game, then added two more to lead the Bears, who will get a much tougher test in a second-round home matchup against Evergreen at 4 p.m. Friday.

'I like scoring goals, ' Odil said. 'It's always fun, and we had different ones scoring, so that was good. I have to give Woodland Park credit. They played hard, and we got a good hard game from them. We're excited about the next round. '

Likewise, Woodland Park is excited about the future. Three years removed from their last playoff berth, the Panthers will lose six seniors but return a large group of underclassmen to continue the journey next season.

'This is the first step, to get back to the playoffs, ' Panthers coach Andrew Pappadakis said. 'Next year, we've got to come back with the intention of winning, instead of just staying on the field. It's a pleasure to come in here and have this kind of performance. '

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