Sand Creek freshman Sydney Lasater scores at record rate in win over Discovery Canyon

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Photo - Sand Creek forward Sydney Lasater attempts a shot on goal at District 20 stadium on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Sand Creek defeated Discovery Canyon 6-0.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Sand Creek forward Sydney Lasater attempts a shot on goal at District 20 stadium on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Sand Creek defeated Discovery Canyon 6-0. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

Sydney Lasater didn’t need much time to make her first mark on the Sand Creek girls' soccer program.

Scoring her 15th and 16th goals of the season in Thursday’s 6-0 win over Discovery Canyon at District 20 Stadium, Lasater set the Scorpions’ freshman scoring record with six regular-season games left.

“Probably the best scorer for her age that I’ve ever coached, but I’ve known Sydney since she was like 10, so what she does never surprises me,” Sand Creek coach Jeremy Tafoya said. “She’s a goal scorer. She’s a fantastic soccer player. Her soccer IQ is huge. That’s a big thing.”

Lasater opened the scoring midway through the first half, redirecting a bouncing ball past Thunder (4-5, 0-2) starting goalkeeper Mackenzie Seitz.

Minutes later, Sand Creek (7-2, 2-0) junior Zoey Shanks got on the end of a long ball and beat Seitz in a one-on-one situation.

The Scorpions took a 2-0 advantage to the half before Lexi Collard, Maddie Schumann and Rebecca Knoche stretched the lead to five with goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

That left Lasater’s second, a well-struck ball from just outside the box that ended up in the bottom left corner of the goal.

Lasater has scored in each of the Scorpions’ seven wins.

“I don’t want to be cocky or anything but I score goals,” the freshman said. “It’s kinda my thing.”

Tafoya credited Lasater’s quick start to her prep career to the fact that playing older girls is nothing new.

“She’s a scorer, and she can hold the ball even out here when she’s playing against older girls,” Tafoya said. “She’s strong, and a little mean.”

While Lasater showcased skill, vision and confidence on the ball, the Sand Creek coach was most satisfied by the play on the other end. Discovery Canyon struggled to sustain attacks with the best Thunder chance coming in the opening seconds of the second half when Katie Gurnett struck the crossbar from distance off a set piece. Lexi Montero, another Sand Creek freshman, made a couple of other routine saves.

“If there’s something that I’m pleased about, I’m pleased about the shutout,” Tafoya said. “I think we could of still played with a little more intensity.”

The Scorpions played without a substitute Thursday, missing one player to injury and another to travel. 

A 2-0 start in Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play has Sand Creek re-evaluating its season goals.

After consecutive losses to Rampart and Windsor last week, Tafoya and the Scorpions met for about 90 minutes and debuted a new formation for the PPAC opener against Air Academy, a 3-2 win Tuesday when Lasater scored once and assisted two others. 

Thursday's win figures to help the Scorpions’ RPI, but now they’re hoping to avoid the metric all together.

“If we win league or finish second, I don’t have to worry about the RPI,” Tafoya said. “So that’s our goal at this point.”

Lasater also has her sights set on a state appearance and hopes to ensure her first mark is a lasting one.

“Individually, I want to get as many goals as possible, but as a whole, I just want to make it to state,” she said.

“I want to win.”