Colorado Springs Christian School girls' soccer comes up with two late goals against Salida, keeps perfect record

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Photo - CSCS freshman Gabby Dillon (19) and Salida junior Naomi Richardson (8) battle for the ball in the second half. The CSCS Lions defeated the Salida Spartans 3-1 in girls' soccer on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Mountain Lion Stadium. (Photo by Isaiah J. Downing, Special to The Gazette)
CSCS freshman Gabby Dillon (19) and Salida junior Naomi Richardson (8) battle for the ball in the second half. The CSCS Lions defeated the Salida Spartans 3-1 in girls' soccer on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Mountain Lion Stadium. (Photo by Isaiah J. Downing, Special to The Gazette)

The Colorado Springs Christian School girls' soccer team had a two-goal lead with about 15 minutes left.

That's game, right?

Not exactly.

Junior Kait Halverson booted in her second goal -- just minutes after Salida scored -- to lift CSCS to a 3-1 victory on Saturday in 3A Region 2 action at UCCS' Mountain Lion Stadium. The Lions extended their perfect season to 11-0 overall with three games remaining.

The rush of goals in the final minutes proved that no game is safe.

"That's how soccer works sometimes," Lions coach Jason Rollins said. "What you find is that 5 minutes after any goal, another goal usually gets scored. There either is a letdown or a surge. And we felt like with the 2-0 lead, we got it. Then, they put one quickly on us. It's a lesson learned."

The Lions struck first. Halverson stole the ball from the Salida defense within the first 3 minutes before she netted her first goal.

Then, in the 10th minute, Salida was called for a handball in the box, giving the Lions a penalty kick. But CSCS did not capitalize.

The Spartans (9-4, 4-2) were back in it.

"That was a big moment," Rollins said. "That kept them in the game."

It wasn't until the 65th minute that Halverson found Sarah McGuckin for a goal in front of the net. But just seconds later, Salida's Rachel Pelino scored and kept the Spartans in it again.

But Halverson crushed any hope for a comeback when she scored a couple of minutes later, with an assist from Mckenna Dorminey.

Halverson boasts 28 goals this season, which is enough for top 10 in the state.

"We had so many chances between the first goal and the second goal," Lions senior midfielder Virginia McGrath said, "so we had to finish, we had to put the ball in."

And now, the Lions can focus on the rest of the season.

CSCS faces The Pinnacle on Monday in a nonconference matchup. But Thursday's game against Manitou Springs (11-2, 4-0) puts a possible outright league title up for grabs.

"We're ready for that," Rollins said. "We're not thinking about undefeated. We're thinking about winning the league."