LOVELAND — Word is going to spread quickly about the Legacy girls soccer team.
And not just because Lightning coach Luke Meadows has done a wonderful job of promoting his girls on various social media outlets.
But more so because Legacy has pieced together a talented ensemble that has a chance to not only challenge in the deep Front Range League, but also a make a run at a state title.
One year after a mediocre 6-7-2 campaign that saw them miss out on the state tournament, Legacy is off to a 6-0 start, including 3-0 in the FRL after Thursday's 10-0 blistering of Loveland at Mountain View High School.
In the latest CHSAANow.com poll, the Lightning — who much to Meadows' surprise, garnered preseason votes — climbed to No. 8 in Class 5A and even got two respectable first-place votes.
"It gives the girls a buy-in because now I think they feel like they have a connection to something to where they can spread the word throughout the school and friends in a medium they already use," said Meadows, who #RoadtoState on the team Twitter account (@LegacyGirlsSocc) serves as daily motivation for his girls. "From my standpoint, if I can help to create one more avenue for them to feel proud about, then absolutely."
Meadows and his team knew that they would have a chance to work on a few things against a Loveland side that has won just two games in the last three season and hasn't won an FRL game since 2013.
It got out of hand quickly. The Lightning had four goals before 10 minutes had even run off the clock and three of those were from junior Washington State verbal commit Gracie Armstrong, who ultimately finished with five goals and leads the state with 14 total.
"It was a very discipline oriented approach, and we looked at lot of film from our Brighton game on Tuesday to address things we wanted to work on today," Meadows said. "And not just through starters and regulars, but through the six junior varsity girls to add value and building for the future."
It wasn't just the Armstrong show either. The Lightning are deep and talented across the board. Erin Hohnstein, who is already getting looks from the likes of Notre Dame, scored twice against the Indians and is as creative distributor as you will find.
"Those girls are going to run a lot of what we do offensively, but they are surrounded by very, very good pieces," Meadows said. This is not the Gracie-Erin show, but they are two compliments to what we have around the field.
"It's not easy to put 10 goals up against anybody, and even with those JV girls out here, I think it shows the depth of our program."
LEGACY 10, LOVELAND 0
At Mountain ViewLegacy (6-0, 3-0) 64—10
Loveland (0-1, 0-1) 00—0
Goals — Gracie Armstrong 5, Erin Hohnstein 2, Jackie Coffman, Kailee Maness, Anya Carlson; Assists — Armstrong 2, Hohnstein 2, Abby Deakin, Amber Hurtado, Kendra Cavill.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Halle Mackiewicz (40-0-0), Makenna Gottschalk (36-0-0); Loveland: Izzy Forster (76-10-4).