LONGMONT — On a blustery Saturday afternoon, Jefferson Academy received just enough help from one of its forwards to edge out its opponent.
Freshman Alycia Wright scored two first-half goals and led the Jaguars to a 2-1 victory at Mead. The previously undefeated Mavericks had no answer for Wright’s production, or for Jefferson Academy’s stout defense.
The wind often threw off the trajectory of the ball and made it difficult for either team to push the ball downfield without sailing it out of bounds. When scoring chances presented themselves it was essential to take advantage of them, and that’s exactly what Wright did.
“I have to thank my team for my performance,” Wright said. “They gave me a lot of help.”
Down 2-1 at halftime, Mead (4-1, 2-0 Patriot League) generated several scoring chances late in the second half and it appeared it was more than capable of tying the game and sending it to overtime. However, clutch goalkeeping from the Jaguars’ Maddie Lewis derailed any momentum that the Mavericks had gained and they were never able to notch the equalizer.
With the loss, Mead dropped only its first game of the season. Head coach Mike Schulz noted the lack of offense as the main reason why the Mavericks fell short against Jefferson Academy.
“Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way. Soccer’s a funny game like that,” Schulz said. “We had great opportunities to score but we just couldn’t convert on any of them.”
It was Wright who helped the Jaguars gain an early advantage, scoring her first goal with 30 minutes remaining in the first half. Mead sophomore Emily Adler finally got the Mavericks on the board about midway through the half, only to watch helplessly as Wright struck again four minutes later to make the score 2-1.
“I never really got that frustrated, even though I felt like we could’ve scored more,” Wright said. “We came out and won the game, and that’s all that matters.”
Though he wished that the outcome had turned out differently, Schulz wasn’t disappointed with his team’s effort and believes that the game could prove to have a positive impact on the Mavericks’ season.
“Anytime that you play a team that’s better than you, you learn something,” Schulz said. “We’re still a young team, and once we get some more experience I think games like this will start going our way.”
Jefferson Academy 2, Mead 1
At Mead H.S.
Jefferson Academy (7-1, 3-1) 2 0 — 2
Mead (4-1, 2-0) 1 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Jefferson Academy: Alycia Wright (Unassisted), 10th minute; Mead: Emily Adler (Unassisted), 23rd minute; Alycia Wright (Unassisted), 27th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Jefferson Academy: Maddie Lewis (80-1-18). Mead: Samantha Davison (80-2-17).