BROOMFIELD — Jefferson Academy, the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A state tournament, will be returning to the semifinals after a 7-0 blowout win over visiting Colorado Springs Christian School in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. The Jaguars were dominant in every facet of the game and advanced to the semifinals for the fourth straight season.
"I thought we played really well. We looked like a unit, we were knocking the ball around, and we were very focused on what we wanted to achieve," said Jefferson Academy head coach Denise Sutton.
The Jaguars came out fast, scoring in the first minute of the game. A goal kick from the Lions goalkeeper went straight to Kara Dobbs, who knocked it downfield in the direction of Kristen Capan, who ran onto it and finished at the far post.
Jefferson Academy scored again in the 22nd minute, as Michaelah Ingalls played a ball down the left side to Rachel Schagel, who lofted a perfect cross to the back post, and Sarah Spitz volleyed it in for a 2-0 lead.
Schlagel then made it 3-0 in the 31st minute, as she poked home a loose ball in the box off of a cross from Taylor Garthwaite.
"It bounced around, I think it hit me and another player and it kind of just fell to my foot," Schlagel said.
Dobbs, Schlagel, and Ingalls then each scored goals within a few minutes of each other just on the other side of halftime to put the game away for good. Abby Van Dyke capped the Jaguars' scoring with a looping effort from 35 yards out that snuck in between the goalkeeper's hands and the crossbar.
Defensively, the Jaguars were dominant, holding the Lions without a single shot and only had to play the ball back to goalkeeper Brooklynn Kirkpatrick on a handful of occasions.
"Most goalkeepers think that's boring, but I like to communicate throughout the game and I feel like I'm still a part of it," she said.
The Jaguars will face 13th-seeded Aspen in the semifinals on Saturday at All-City Stadium. A time has not yet been announced.
"It feels awesome to be back in the semifinals, we're really excited," said Schlagel.
The Jaguars will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season, when they fell to Peak to Peak in the final four.
"Our team is not going home again. We're going to work until we get there and give all of our effort in the next two days at practice," Kirkpatrick said.
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Jefferson Academy 7, Colorado Springs Christian 0
At Jefferson AcademyCSCS (14-3) 0 0 — 0
Jefferson Academy (14-2-1) 3 4 — 7
Goals (assists) — Jefferson Academy: Capan (Dobbs) 1st minute, Spitz (Schlagel) 22nd minute, Schlagel (Garthwaite) 31st minute, Dobbs (unassisted) 43rd minute, Schlagel (Ingalls) 44th minute, Ingalls (unassisted) 46th minute, Van Dyke (Houck) 70th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Jefferson Academy: Kirkpatrick 80-0-0; Colorado Springs Christian: Boucher 80-7-9.