Palmer girls’ soccer coach Jim Keller didn’t know what to expect Friday, but his team was nearly flawless in a 3-0 victory against Liberty at Garry Berry Stadium. “After 13 days off, we feel real good about how the girls played,” Keller said. “That was a real good performance in both halves.” Leah Aragon, with an assist from Crystal Townley, gave Palmer a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal midway through the first half. Alex Macy made it 2-0 in the fifth minute of the second half. Lexi Tagen, who assisted on Macy’s goal, scored with 5:37 left on an assist from Rachel Gardner. “Emily Layton and Alex Tagen had phenomenal games,” Keller said, acknowledging his two senior captains. Palmer (6-1), No. 2 in the Pikes Peak rankings, has won six straight games since its season-opening 2-1 loss to No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain. “Palmer looked a lot better than they did against Cheyenne Mountain,” Liberty coach Mike Goyden said. The Terrors had extra incentive to beat Liberty after losing 5-3 to the Lancers last year. “This was a big game for us,” Tagen said. “We played a lot better than last year.” Palmer, which reached the state quarterfinals last season, opens 5A Metro League action Tuesday at No. 3 Lewis-Palmer. Class 4A Liberty (2-1-3), ranked No. 5, tied No. 6 Coronado on Tuesday and beat Fountain-Fort Carson 9-0 on Thursday. The Lancers play their fourth game in five days tonight at Grandview. “Give Liberty a lot of credit,” Keller said. “They played hard.” Liberty played without defender Alison Kapchinske, who was sick. Meghanne Bennett hurt her knee 10 minutes into the game and was on crutches at the end of the game. Amanda Hathaway suffered an asthma attack in the second half but later returned. “We had two or three opportunities to score but the shots went wide,” Liberty coach Mike Goyden said. “(Palmer) had three quality shots and got three goals.” Layton is pleased with the team’s recent play. “We’re progressing well,” the senior co-captain said. “We have a couple of things to work on, but we’re playing well.”
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