BROOMFIELD -- With just over a week to go in the season the Tri-Valley League soccer crown is still up for grabs.
The picture isn't all that clear either, and while all eyes are on Windsor to ultimately claim the crown, nothing is guaranteed and the onus remains on winning games.
Holy Family did just that on a brutally brisk Wednesday night at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium against Mead, beating the Mavericks 4-2 and staying perfect within league play.
"There is still a possibility of a three-way tie with two losses, so it is still tough to tell," said Holy Family coach George Connolly, whose team is now 5-4-1 overall and 4-0 atop the league with Windsor.
The Tigers played Windsor to 1-0 nonleague loss earlier in the season and get both the Wizards and once-beaten Skyline next week to close out the season.
Connolly isn't looking ahead and knew the importance of getting past the Mavericks, a team they beat 3-2 already.
On senior night, which Connolly admitted, "Is always a discombobulation," the Tigers took control of the match from the get-go.
A beautiful through ball by Olivia Bartoletti set up Claire Schaffer with a clean look at Mead goalie Shaylee Jelinek, but a Mead defender got back and her clearing attempt of Schaffer's shot sneaked its way past Jelinek's near post for an own goal.
"That's really hard to come back from when it happens early in the game," said Mead coach Mike Schulz, whose team fell to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the TVL. "But the girls fought hard and they played really well. I'm proud of them. They'll recover from this one."
Holy Family had the majority of possession and created a corner kick in the 13 minute. Bartoletti's swinger found an unmarked Morgan Gray, who was able to beat Jelinek.
It was a short-lived 2-0 lead. The Mavericks got a huge free kick goal from long range off the foot of Maddie Kessler. Her bounding shot found a way past AliBeth Ryan.
The Tigers took over in the second half and peppered Jelinek with 12 shots on frame compared to just one for the Mavericks offense.
Less than four minutes into the second half, freshman midfielder Nicolette Sandoval delivered the game-winner with a well struck left-footed shot from the top of the box that beat Jelinek high to her far post.
"Putting four goals up is huge for us. We create incredible opportunities, we don't always finish and the keeper did a nice job on a few of them," Connolly said. "The real key going forward for us is scoring goals, because we can defend."
Claire Schaffer and Taryn Cook team up for the Tigers fourth and final goal.
Kessler would add a second goal on another set piece for the Mavericks, who will have to try and get better on Friday afternoon at Niwot.
Holy Family 4, Mead 2
At Holy FamilyMead (6-5, 2-2) 1 1 — 2
Holy Family (5-4-1, 4-0) 2 2 — 4
Goals (assists) — Holy Family: own goal, 4th minute; Morgan Gray (Olivia Bartoletti), 13th; Mead: Maddie Kessler (unassisted), 13th; Holy Family: Nicolette Sandoval (unassisted), 44th; Claire Schaffer (Taryn Cook), 54th; Mead: Kessler (unassisted), 55th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Shaylee Jelinek (80-4-15); Holy Family: AliBeth Ryan (17-1-1), Maddy Cillessen (63-1-2).