Published: April 22, 2014
Coach Blake Galvin may not have told his squad, but The Classical Academy's girls' soccer team can now call itself league champions.
Seniors Ashlynn Register and Bonnie Buzzetta each scored two goals and TCA was dominant in a 5-0 blanking of previously undefeated Evangelical Christian Academy at the El Pomar Sports Complex on Tuesday.
Even if the Titans (6-6, 5-0 3A Region 2) fall to Buena Vista on Friday, their wins over ECA and Manitou Springs in the past week are enough to assure them a league championship.
"Our girls are coming along and are starting to play really well," Galvin said. "We were able to do what we intended and move the ball the way we needed to. I was pleased with the way they played, and we came in ready to play."
Galvin made it a point not to alert his team that their impressive shutout of the Eagles (11-1, 4-1) was a title-clincher, as he wanted to keep them focused on their final games of the season.
"We've still got to play Buena Vista," he said.
ECA entered the showdown averaging 4.7 goals (52 total) and had won 13 consecutive games dating back to last season.
TCA has won five of its past six and has scored 40 goals on the season.
TCA used wide spacing and crisp passing to dominate possession, peppering the ECA net with shots from every angle. Register deposited the rebound from a Hannah Burgo shot into the Eagles' net 13:09 into the game, and a quality save by goalkeeper Sarah Buzzetta on a long shot by Tori Mann in the 30th minute kept ECA off the scoreboard.
Bonnie Buzzetta made it 2-0 Titans with 5:11 remaining in the first half when she used her midsection to redirect a shot into the net past ECA goalie Rachel Singleton. Buzzetta then gave TCA a 3-0 halftime advantage with a header in the 37th minute.
Register struck again 14:23 into the second half off an assist from Audrey Walter, and Burgo scored her 15th goal of the season off a pass from Tori Jarocki with 3:54 remaining to end the scoring.
It was a frustrating day for ECA coach Drew Morton and his team.
"We asked a lot of these girls to come up against a team this strong," he said. "We let three of their goals go in in the last five minutes of each half. It was a good effort against a team that's very deep, and I'm not upset with the girls at all."
With three games remaining, including a meeting with Manitou Springs on Friday, the Eagles can still make an impact.
"We put these (types of) games at the end of our schedule on purpose," Morton said. "We have to be ready to go to playoffs, and we have Manitou Springs this Friday, so this was a perfect game to have going into all those. I think we have our best games ahead of us, and we're going to be in to the playoff push here soon."