Girls soccer: Colorado Academy flexes muscles against Jefferson Academy

BROOMFIELD — It can only be described as a series of unfortunate events for the Jefferson Academy girls soccer team.

And that is hard to say about a team that had been rolling along at 12-0 this season and playing about as good as anybody in the state, even knocking off 4A juggernaut Mullen in double overtime on Saturday.

But the underlying story of that win was the loss of their standout striker and captain Heidi Wendt to a broken leg.

Things didn’t get much better later that evening. After paying a visit to Wendt in the hospital, Jaguars starting goalie Kassidy Hastings was driving home on the rainy night and her pickup truck fish-tailed off the road and into the median. Needless to say, she soon was back in the same hospital with her teammate.

“It was a really rough weekend and the girls have held up really well,” said Jaguars coach Denise Sutton, who knew none of this mattered to CHSAANow.com‘s 3A No. 1 Colorado Academy when the Mustangs came calling on Tuesday night.

The Mustangs broke open a 1-1 game late in the first half with two goals in the final three minutes and went on to rout the No. 3 Jags 6-1.

“I had to remind us all that we went undefeated until today,” said Sutton, who was trying to put a positive spin on the dismal day. “That’s pretty good.”

The Jags are nursing a bevy of injuries across the board, but the schedule doesn’t let up for them. They will play a make-up game on Wednesday at Manual and then host No. 2 The Academy on Thursday to close out the regular season.

For the first 20 minutes of the match, the two teams spent a lot of time in the midfield trying to figure out what the other was doing, with the field trying to lean Colorado Academy’s way.

The Mustangs’ big weapon is senior Marin McCoy and despite drawing a ton of attention from anywhere from one to three defenders, McCoy was always able to create space. She finally broke the ice in the 21st minute, coming off the shoulder of her defender in the box and beating freshman keeper Michaelah Ingalls low to her far post.

The Jaguars didn’t fold and in fact had a chance to equalize in the 24th minute, but both of Jayla Elstad’s chances were turned away.

Jefferson Academy did draw even in the 29th minute. Elstad threaded a brilliant through ball to Alycia Wright, who got just enough on a shot to beat Mustangs keeper Mackenzie Timbel.

“Now we know what their strength is,” Wright said. “They came in a lot stronger than us and I think we just settled down in the beginning. We tried to come back, but it just wasn’t our night.”

Colorado Academy (13-1, 9-0), which captured the Metropolitan League by virtue of the victory, responded with a vengeance at the end of the half. Shortly after having a goal disallowed, Julia Murphy raced through the heart of the Jaguars defense and finished with ease past Ingalls.

McCoy, who ultimately would finish with three goals, took the air out of the Jags’ comeback balloon with her transition goal in the 39th minute. Ingalls, who is new to the goal position, came out to try and cut off the angle, but McCoy deftly chipped a shot over her to make it a 3-1 game.

“I though KK (Michaelah) did a fantastic job,” said Sutton of her new keeper that made nine saves.

The Jags had a chance early in the second half to trim the lead to 3-2, but Elstad’s would-be goal was nullified by an apparent bump of the goalkeeper, who did not have control of the ball.

Colorado Academy would get second half goals from McCoy, Anna Ponzio and Maddie Bauer to pad the Mustangs’ final margin.

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt

Colorado Academy 6, Jefferson Academy 1

At Jefferson Academy

Colorado Academy (13-1, 9-0) 3 3 — 6
Jefferson Academy (12-1, 7-1) 1 0 — 1

Goals (assists) — CA: Marin McCoy (unassisted), 21st minute; JA: Alycia Wright (Jayla Elstad), 29th; CA: Julia Murphy (unassisted), 37th; CA: McCoy (unassisted), 39th; CA: McCoy (unassisted), 46th; CA: Anna Ponzio (Haley Dennis), 54th; CA: Maddie Bauer (unassisted), 80th.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — CA: Mackenzie Timbel (72-1-3); Kyra Kurtz (8-0-1); JA: Michaelah Ingalls (80-6-9).