By Arnie Leshin
Hayden Colfax was sporting her new soccer shoes, sandy-pink is what she called them. One of the state’s finest athlete, the Santa Fe Prep junior had recently recovered from a broken tibia, and on her other leg was an LCL that she was playing with in Saturday’s match at St. Michael’s for the lead in District 2-A/3A.
A state champion in track and field, she was racing up and down the pitch
while the Lady Horsemen were peppering the Prep goal by a large number, but to no avail.
At halftime, it was scoreless. Midway through the second half, it remained scoreless but St. Michael’s was getting the shots away and senior goalkeeper, Lark O’Hora., was making the stops or they were going wide, high and frustrating to the home side.
Meanwhile the Griffins took four shots, all by Colfax. Three times she caught up with a pass, sped ahead of the defender, but shot it right into the hands of the keeper, freshman Milena Keene.
The fourth time, bad leg or not, she again raced past a defender, caught the ball looking straight at the goalie, and kicked it in past the failed stretch to the left of Keene.
“This is my third game since coming back,” said Colfax. “and I’m still not at full strength. As for my goal, I’ve done that a number of times, getting to the pass and speeding toward the goal. This time, I went one out of four and scored the winner, and got to wear my new shoes for the first time.