MEAD — The Erie girls soccer program has built steadily on its success in years one and two and it appears the Tigers aren't slowing down in 2017, their third season with a varsity team.
The Tigers have won six for their first eight games this season. On Monday night, they picked up their first conference win with a 2-0 road win against Tri-Valley opponent Mead.
In a veteran approach, Monday's game was about the Tigers addressing some things after giving up a lead in a loss to Holy Family last week and returning to form.
"It was good to get this win, especially after a tough loss to Holy Family at home," Tigers senior Fiona McNeal said. "We needed a league win and this was a confidence booster. Even though we're a young team, we know we're a group of talented, hard-working girls. We know that if we continue to work hard in practice, good things are going to happen."
Against the Mavericks (4-3-1, 0-1-1 Tri-Valley), the Tigers (6-2, 1-1 Tri-Valley) scored first in the 12th minute on a frantic scramble in front of the net on a corner kick. It was Dana Johnson who found a way to just barely touch the ball enough to get it across the line and give the Tigers the early lead.
Erie sophomore Alison McNeal, who scored 18 goals as a freshman last season, broke free of the Mead back line, side-stepped the charging goalkeeper and scored to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the 53rd minute. Fiona McNeal, here older sister, set up the score with a well-play lead pass.
"We probably could have been more clinical in front of goal and created some more but I think they'll take the win and get ready to play again tomorrow," Tigers first-year head coach Megan Remec said. "Our back line and our organization through the midfield was much better tonight. One of our strengths is our pace up front and we transitioned quickly again tonight."
For a Mead team that is also off to a solid good start but has not scored in its last two games, the offensive chances were few but senior goalkeeper Ali Osborn was tough in the net with six saves. Erie goalkeeper Megan Marcoux saved both of the Mavericks' shots on goal.
The Tigers will play a non-conference game at Golden (3-4, 0-1 Jefferson County) on Tuesday. Also with a non-conference game on deck, the Mavericks will head across town to face Longmont (1-7, 1-0 Northern) on Friday.
Erie 2, Mead 0
At Mead H.S.Erie (6-2, 1-1 Tri-Valley) 11—2
Goals (assists) —Erie: Dana Johnson (unassisted), 12th minute; Alison McNeal (Fiona McNeal), 53rd.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Erie: Megan Marcoux (80-0-2); Mead: Ali Osborn (80-2-6).