Rampart girls' soccer virtually locks up historic season with 4-0 win over Doherty

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Photo - Doherty sophomore Samantha Lanning (6) and freshman Makayla Stone (18) defend as Rampart sophomore Ashleigh Decker (8) dribbles the ball through them on the way to a goal in the first half. The Rampart Rams defeated the Doherty Spartans 4-0 in girls' soccer on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at District 20 Stadium. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Doherty sophomore Samantha Lanning (6) and freshman Makayla Stone (18) defend as Rampart sophomore Ashleigh Decker (8) dribbles the ball through them on the way to a goal in the first half. The Rampart Rams defeated the Doherty Spartans 4-0 in girls' soccer on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at District 20 Stadium. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

Nine goals-against this season.

Eight-game winning streak.

Seven straight shutouts.

It’s safe to say the Rampart girls’ soccer team has hit its stride in the later days of the spring season.

And Tuesday in bitter temperatures, rain and snow, the Rams took another step toward a historic season, beating Doherty 4-0 in a 5A Colorado Springs Metro League clash to virtually lock up the team’s first league title in three decades.

Rampart (11-2, 5-0) will face Coronado (5-8, 1-3) next week in its final league showdown, but the Rams' current 5-0 record and zero goals-against in league play all but wraps up the title.

But coach Carisa Whitson still has that final CSML game on her mind.

“We have one more league game we have to win,” Whitson said. “We want to win all of our games before we can say we secured league for the first time in 30 years. Then we can look forward and prepare for what is coming next.”

From the looks of it, however, the Rams enter the final games of the regular season primed and ready for what the postseason holds. With a deep, well-rounded roster and a pair of strong goalkeepers battling for playing time, Rampart’s eight-game winning streak is no fluke.

“Everyone is really coming together and having a piece in everything we are doing,” Whitson said. “We are very fortunate to have the players we have and our depth. We are fortunate to be able to look at the other 10 on the field if one girl is having an off game. And that is nice because then its harder for the other team to pick one or two players - they have to defend our entire team.”

Rampart has 11 players that have scored two or more goals this season, including five who have netted six or more. The Rams' leading scorer, sophomore Jordan Garrett, has 12 goals.

“It’s hard to say one player (stands out) because they are all playing so well together, and they all have a piece in every game,” Whitson said. “We just have to stay this strong mentally and keep the team mentality together because they’ve been amazing so far.”

The Rams' goalies, Samantha Sallie and Katlyn Rosenbaum, have also been spectacular down the stretch, helping Rampart to its seventh straight shutout. Sallie guarded the goal against Doherty for her fourth shutout of the year.

“Our back four is very strong and defend well, and that helps our goalkeepers,” Whitson said. “Both of them (Sallie and Rosenbaum) push each other in practice and are fighting for that time, which is great. We can choose at any time to either go with Sammie or Katlyn.”

Sallie had four saves against Doherty.

Rampart started slow in Tuesday’s CSML victory, but a halftime adjustment with a one-goal lead helped the Rams find a sense of urgency, and in turn, find the back of the net.

"This was the fourth game we’ve played in somewhat bad weather, so the girls are a little bit used to it now, and it didn’t affect them,” Whitson said, “We can’t control the weather, but we can control how we play and our attitude, so at halftime we talked about controlling the play a little bit more and taking chances.”

Ashleigh Decker had two goals, while Jade Kinsey and Beacon Meier also scored for the Rams. Kaitlyn Wilcox had two assists. Wilcox leads the team in assists with eight, followed by Decker and Garrett with six each.

Rampart wraps up the regular season next week, facing Coronado in its final league contest on Tuesday, and hosts Valor Christian on Thursday.