DEL NORTE — Thursday evening the Del Norte Tigers (4-2-0) hosted Buena Vista (1-2-0) for a soccer game. The to the delight of the home crowd the Tigers netted four goals in a shut out to widen the win streak to three games.
After dispatching Center in a 6-0 game the Tigers defeated Lake County by a score of 6-3. As it stands right now Del Norte is currently averaging 4 goals a game for the 2018 season. And as of Apr. 3, the state is now officially on notice about the Tigers.
According to CHSAAnow’s latest RPI rankings Del Norte is placed number three in the state. That ranking may improve since Del Norte’s neighbor Alamosa defeated 2A’s second ranked team Crested Butte to start the week in a 1-0 game.
Thursday afternoon Del Norte seemed to be the only team on Speiser Field able to gain traction. Syana Colville broke the tie with an assist from Chloe McComas to make it a 1-0 game in the 20th minute of the first half. Six minutes later Kendra Parra added another goal for the Tigers to make it 2-0 Del Norte.
It was a slow game on the other end as keeper Lacie Jones was very rarely called into action all game long. When Jones was tested she answered the call with 3 saves to pick up the shutout.
McComas opened the second half with a goal of her own to extend the lead to 3-0. Parra had her name called once more in the seventh minute of the second half. The Del Norte sophomore would drive the final coffin nail with her second goal to finalize the score with seven minutes to play.
It’s still early in the season and dominance has not yet been established among the different teams throughout 2A soccer. Take Del Norte’s next opponent Telluride for example. In addition to being 5-1, The Miners are also considered a top 10 talent based on the fact that they hold the number seven RPI. However Telluride’s five wins came against teams that are a combined 3-22.