BROOMFIELD — For the first time this season, the Jefferson Academy girls soccer team walked off the pitch with a sour taste in their collective mouths.
On Monday they dropped a 3-0 game to Metropolitan League rival Colorado Academy in Denver and wanted nothing more than to put that game in the rearview mirror as quickly as possible.
On Wednesday night, they hosted Prospect Ridge — a team that early in the season clawed its way into the top 10 of Class 3A — and controlled the young Miners from the start. The Jaguars scored six times in the opening 40 minutes and cruised to a 9-0 victory.
"It was really great just getting out there and connecting, communicating and working on things that we need to work on to prepare for upcoming games," said senior Kara Dobbs, who scored once and assisted on two others.
After a scoreless first 10 minutes, Jefferson Academy, which controlled the possession throughout, finally broke through in the 11th minute.
Lily Thimsen followed up an initial hard shot from Dobbs that was saved by Miners goalie Linda Leahy, and finished the rebound by tucking it just inside the near post.
It opened the floodgates. The Jags would score three more goals in the next seven minutes, including goals from: Denae Lamb, Dobbs and senior Emily McParland.
Junior Mira Houck, already a two-time member of the BoCoPreps.com All-Region team, would get in on the action before half. She scored twice in the final 12 minutes to extend the lead to 6-0.
Monday was a learning experience for the No. 2-ranked Jags and its showed on Wednesday night.
"I think we learned to find some grit and to find some heart within each other and to simply trust each other," Dobbs said. "We always try to improve ourselves and playing a good team like CA, and having them point out our weak spots is really eye-opening."
It wasn't all doom and gloom for Todd Schoeder's Miners, whose team buckled down to keep the Jags away from double digits. After a 4-0 start to the season, they have dropped their last four, all against Metro League teams and Schoeder understands its all a part of the process for his still very young squad.
"It's all part of the process. And every step of the way tonight we got a little bit better," he said. "The girls, especially on the defensive side learned a lot and the next game they won't make those mistakes.
"It's a learning process and we focus on the process, not the outcome."
Kristen Capan, McParland and Bridget Lynch would close out the scoring for Jefferson Academy in the second half.
JEFFERSON ACADEMY 9, PROSPECT RIDGE 0
At Jefferson AcademyProspect Ridge (4-4, 0-4) 0 0 — 0
Jefferson Academy (7-1-1, 3-1) 6 3 — 9
Goals (assists) — Jefferson Academy: Lily Thimsen (Kara Dobbs), 11th minute; Denae Lamb (Makenna Stull), 15th; Dobbs (Lamb), 16th; Emily McParland (Rachel Schlagel), 18th; Mira Houck (unassisted), 28th; Houck (Thimsen), 35th; Kristen Capan (Dobbs), 42nd; McParland (unassisted), 45th; Bridget Lynch (unassisted), 69th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Prospect Ridge: Linda Leahy (80-9-8); Jefferson Academy: Brooklynn Kirkpatrick (80-0-1).