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DUKES IT OUT — Golden Sierra's Amanda Dukes, left, clears a deep pass to a Pride player in front of keeper Becca Hegge Thursday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Griz play Pride to a draw

By From page A6 | March 18, 2013

GARDEN VALLEY — Becca Hegge debuted as goalie for the Golden Sierra High girls soccer team Thursday against Bradshaw Christian — a position she’s never played.

The senior fullback stepped up to the challenge in place of Laura Russel (concussion), responding with an outstanding performance of 29 saves in a 0-0 draw with the Pride.

“She was out of this world,” said Golden Sierra head coach David Gleason of Hegge. “Becca made wonderful saves all day long.”

Most of Hegge’s saves came in the first half defending corner kicks and breakaways.

“They are an offensive powerhouse,” said Gleason of Bradshaw. “They’ve got girls who are great soccer players.”

Golden Sierra had two chances to score in the first half but Alysha Batson and Kaleigh Brothers were both denied. Toward the end of the half, a Robin Moore-Batson link was turned back but Taylor Gleason stole the ball back for a shot that hit the top of the crossbar.

Hegge received assistance from a teammate Rachel Hansen late in the second half on a clear five yards from the net. The Grizzlies last chance to score came from Jazmin Lutey-Willard who was thwarted by  the Pride goalie

“I think all of the girls stepped up, played very well together today,” Gleason said.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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