LONGMONT — In its first three tries, the Mead girls soccer wasn't able to beat cross-town big brother Longmont High.
But when it finally happened on Thursday night, the Mavericks made their first win in the cross-town series a convincing one. At Everly-Montgomery Field, four different Mead players scored and the Mavericks left Longmont High with a 4-2 victory to notch the program's first-ever tally in the series win column.
"They had a lot of shots on us last year and we only lost by one," Mavericks goalkeeper Shaylee Jelinek said. "It was nerve-racking this year because they have a lot of good players. But we have some really good players too and if we can play like we did tonight, we'll have a lot more wins."
Sophomore forward Jaylin Meining put the Mavericks (5-2) on the board in the 11th minute when she converted on a corner kick from senior teammate and leading scorer Maddie Kessler.
Just 11 minutes later, however, the Trojans (3-6) tied the game when they were awarded a free kick from inches outside the 18-yard box. Jelinek, who finished with nine saves, made a diving deflection on Trojans senior defender Bailee Fowler's shot. The ball bounced off the left post and Trojans junior Lexie Lisenbe one-touched it back into the net.
Mead out-shot Longmont 12-4 in the first half and senior Camilla Lee reclaimed the lead for her team with a goal in the 33rd minute. Kessler and freshman Peyton Fox scored in the 55th and 57th minutes, respectively, to put the game out of reach.
"The beauty of it this year is that we have multiple players scoring goals and giving assists," Mavericks head coach Mike Schulz said. "Like tonight, we had four different scorers. They're really putting forward the team effort and getting rewarded for it."
Longmont's Bre Yakel did get one goal back for the Trojans in the 68th minute. But despite a furious attack over the final 20 minutes of the game, a game in which they received three yellow cards, the Trojans couldn't close the gap.
"The gel that we had in the Niwot game, we struggled to find a little bit tonight," Trojans head coach Mike DiGiallonardo said. "I was proud the intensity never dropped. I think it's in our attacking third that we really need to zero in on making those shots. We put a few balls right at the keeper's feet or dribbled right up to the keeper so I think we need to get on that."
The Trojans will return to Northern League play at Centaurus (6-1-1, 1-0-1 Northern) on Friday. The Mavericks will resume their Tri-Valley League schedule at Erie (7-2, 1-2 Tri-Valley) on Friday.
Mead 4, Longmont 2
At Longmont H.S.Mead (5-2) 2 2 — 4
Longmont (3-6) 1 1 — 2
Goals (assists) — Mead: Jaylin Meining (Maddie Kessler), 11th minute; Camilla Lee, 33rd; Kessler (Jessica Keener), 55th; Peyton Fox, 57th; Longmont: Lexie Lisenbe, 22nd minute; Bre Yakel, 68th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Shaylee Jelinek (80-2-9); Longmont: Franchesska Ramirez (80-4-5).