Lacey Worlton hardly could explain it. The Woodland Park goalkeeper leaped and swatted the direct kick in the air Friday. Mitchell attackers prodded, bumped and kicked the ball when it touched the turf. Somehow, the ball stayed in front of Worlton and the goal line in the second half at Garry Berry Stadium. Somehow, Woodland Park beat Mitchell 1-0 in a nonleague game. “(Mitchell) was better than us today,” Woodland Park coach Andrew Pappadakis said. “How they didn’t win is beyond me.” Mitchell outshot Woodland Park 10-0 in the second half, 14-5 in the game. Many times, the Marauders had the ball squiggle to within a poke of a goal. But nothing. “It’s starting to freak me out,” Mitchell coach Ron Jungling said. Even Worlton was a bit freaked — especially by the direct kick with 13 minutes left. The ball took a slow hop and Mitchell’s Suzie Cano and Alexys Hendrickson did everything they could just to get a touch. The ball stayed in front of Worlton and wasn’t tapped until she covered it. “They were all around me,” Worlton said. “I just had to stay focused on the ball.” Even Woodland Park’s goal eight minutes in was different. Laura Pearson scored from 20 yards out, driving the ball between diving Mitchell keeper Megan Anderson and the post. “I was worried,” Pearson said smiling, “because I used my left foot.” After the game, Woodland Park was composed as though defeated. There were no smiles, just silence. There was no jumping around, just pointed uniform changing. “We were euphoric yesterday,” Pappadakis said of his team’s 5-0 loss to Cheyenne Mountain. “We weren’t happy with what we did today.” Mitchell had a scoring chance three minutes in when Hendrickson had a breakaway. But she missed an open net. To open the second half, she blew by a defender but Worlton rushed in and tripped her. Hendrickson’s night got worse and she was knocked to the turf twice. “Physical,” Jungling said. “They did exactly what they needed to do to win the game. They marked us tight and played physical.” Mitchell’s frustration peaked with 1:30 left. Cano broke to the right of the goal and shot into the side of the net. She fell, screamed, and slapped the ground in frustration. When the contest ended, Mitchell’s Morgan Jackson kicked a goal post in disgust. “Some coaches might yell at their players after a loss like this,” Jungling said. “But I’m happy with their efforts. We just have to figure out why we’re not scoring.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0250 or email@example.com
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