Sabercats keep rolling, improve to 13-0


Fossil Ridge celebrating after a goal from Lily Wale against Pine Creek to put the Sabercats up 3-0. They went on to win the game 3-1.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Editor

Only three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and the Fossil Ridge High School girl’s soccer team winning in dominant fashion.

Over the weekend, the Sabercats won two games by a combined score of 5-1 to move their record to 13-0.

First up was their senior night celebration against Fort Collins High School on Friday night. Fossil celebrated four seniors: Lydia Baldwin, Kylie Ballek, Eli Biggers, and Sierra Warnygora.

The Sabercats came out buzzing, using the early wind to their advantage by taking the offensive side in favor of the gusts. Kylie Ballek got on the board early, scoring less than five minutes into the match.

After the early goal, the Lambkins played stout defense to shut out Fossil for the rest of the half. With the Sabercats only holding a one goal lead into halftime and working against the wind, they knew they had to play a much tighter game during the final 40 minutes. 

The team did just that, shutting down Collins on the defensive end to earn their third straight shutout. While on the offensive end, junior Amy Smith buried a goal with an assist from the returning Abby Ballek.

Smith scoring her first goal against Pine Creek, after scoring one against Fort Collins the day before.

“Our chemistry is what keeps us ahead,” Smith said. “Everyone loves each other, everyone works hard.”

“Within the players that we have, they’re just so competitive,” said head coach Kim Wisenant. “They have really bought into the culture of what we’re trying to build here.”

It was more of the same in their Saturday matchup against Pine Creek, as Smith once again got the Sabercats rolling with two more goals in the first half. Fossil kept up the offensive pressure to extend their lead to three with a goal from freshman Lily Wale.

Despite giving up a goal late, Fossil Ridge secured a 3-1 win to remain undefeated on the season. 

While the offense has been the story all year, as the team has scored 64 goals, the defense has been a major contributor. Fossil has only allowed two goals in their last seven games, and have not given up two goals on the season yet.

“Communication is a big deal,” said sophomore defenseman Teagan Myers. “It’s just our effort and our attitudes.”

Myers during the handshake line after the game against Pine Creek.

Now Fossil prepares for two tough tests in the Front Range League crossovers against Legacy and Broomfield. The two teams have a combined record of 23-2-1, and Broomfield is still undefeated just like Fossil.

“[We have to be] getting out on the field and putting in 100% effort,” Myers said.

The Sabercats will face off against Legacy on the road on Tuesday, May 2 before the dual of undefeated teams against Broomfield at home on Thursday, May 4. Both games will start at 6 p.m.