BOULDER — After playing just three games in March, the Fairview girls soccer team is finally hitting the meat of their schedule and the Knights are eager to begin building some momentum for the 2017 season.
The Knights' only loss is a 2-1 defeat at the hands of second-ranked Cherry Creek in their season opener. Since then, they have outscored their two opponents by eight goals after beating visiting Grand Junction Central 6-2 on Friday.
It was a cold, rainy afternoon in Boulder on Friday but the Knights weren't about to give up an opportunity to get in a home game and pick up a win.
"It's hard to play in this weather but I think we played well," Knights senior Tea Smith said. "We were possessing a lot. We've been really anxious to play a game so we were excited to get out here today and see everything come together. We're still putting the pieces together but we feel like it's gone pretty well so far."
On Friday, the Knights (2-1, 1-0 Front Range) poured in five first-half goals against the Warriors (2-3) and added another in the second half. Smith, who will play for North Carolina State next season, scored two goals. Skylar Anderson, who leads the club with four goals, scored two and junior Hope Ubell also scored a pair.
"Just getting the game in was the biggest thing because we were afraid we were going to lose this one," Knights head coach Jeff Frykholm said. "With this being just our third game, it's a little hard to know right now how good we are. We got a lot of minutes for girls today and a lot of chances to finish, and we're just happy to get the game in."
Knights won 11 games last season and reached the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. With a younger roster this season, Frykholm said that the lack of games early in March did provide the Knights a lot of extra time for practice and training.
The Knights will look to keep rolling when they get back in action with a big road game against fourth-ranked Legacy (6-0, 3-0 Front Range) on Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Lightning 1-0 last season.
"Like we told the girls after the game today, now we'll find out how good we really are," Frykholm said.
Fairview 6, Grand Junction Central 2
At Fairview H.S.GJ Central (2-3) 02—2
Fairview (2-1) 51—6
Goals (assists) —Fairview: Tea Smith 2, Skylar Anderson 2, Hope Ubell 2,
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Hayden Volds (40-0-0), Sawyer Whittle (40-2-2).