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Delta holds onto lead in 3A WSL soccer play with win, tie

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The Delta High School soccer team is still on a roll of no losses after a second-game loss to Montrose Aug. 29. Since that time the Panthers have won nine straight contests including a 4-0 win Oct. 3 in Basalt and escaped injury, and a loss, in Aspen last week with a 0-0 tie after playing two overtime periods.

The Panthers had 16 shots on goal against Basalt with four of them finding the net for Delta scores.

Game stats indicate goals were scored by sophomores Martin Corral and Nathan Downey and seniors Danny Mendoza and Brandon Harper. Senior Bradley Davis had two assists with Corral and Harper collecting the other two assists for goals.

Sophomore Felipe Bedoy had two saves in his sixth shutout of the season.

Delta coach Elaine Wood was elated the Panthers finished Aspen's match unscathed and without a loss. "We dominated most of the game but couldn't get the ball by their goalie. He did a great job."

Delta plays a relatively strong physical game and has overcome several teams with overly aggressive styles of play. "We are very fortunate that we didn't come out of that game with terrible injuries. Aspen had a total of five yellow cards and toward the end of regular time, two Aspen players received red cards and were removed from the game for dangerous play," noted Wood.

Wood noted the Panthers were still unable to score even with the Skiers down two players. "Aspen tightened up their defensive end and had a great goal keeper," stated Wood.

Aspen, in second place in 3A WSL play, began the current season losing a few times and has progressively improved over the season and is listed 33rd in Class 3A rankings with a record of 3-0-1 in league play and 5-4-2 overall.

The Panthers (4-0-1 and 10-1-1) sit atop 3A WSL standings and are ranked sixth in 3A state listings.

Delta's offense unleashed 22 shots on goal during the contest with Skier-goalie Jake Bassi recording 10 saves. Delta goalie Felipe Bedoy had five saves in the match.

Seniors Danny Mendoza and Marcos Edmondson had five shots each for the Panthers with senior Ian Downey and sophomore Martin Corral recording three shots each. Junior Jose Pantoja levered two shots goalward while single shots came from seniors Bradley Davis and Brandon Harper, sophomore Nathan Downey and freshman Sean Maulhardt.

According to Wood, the Panthers could play their final three contests on Delta High School's football field. The final two games Oct.17 versus Moffat County and Oct. 19 against Roaring Fork are already scheduled to be played there.

This week's Oct. 13, 4 p.m., matchup against Vail Mountain could be played there if field painting is completed in time.

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