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Girls soccer: Jefferson Academy secures first berth in 3A Final Four

It was a historic win Thursday night for the Jefferson Academy girls soccer team, as the Jaguars advanced to the Class 3A semifinals for the first time with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Frontier Academy.

Senior Alycia Wright tallied the winner for the Jaguars in the first minute of the extra session, converting a pass from Rachel Schlagel to send JA into Saturday’s Final Four. The Jaguars will tackle a familiar foe in The Academy at 1:30 p.m. at All-City Stadium.

The match was tied 1-1 at halftime but JA leapt ahead on a goal by Marissa Chapman midway through the second half. The Jaguars kept pressuring Frontier Academy but were unable to extend the lead, setting up potential disaster when a Frontier Academy penalty kick tied the game late in regulation.

“We actually had six wide-open shots in the second half but we couldn’t find the net,” JA coach Denise Sutton said. “We needed to capitalize on some of them but we didn’t. Thankfully we still got the win.”

Jefferson Academy (15-2) suffered one of its two losses this season against The Academy on April 30, dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime.

“They’re a great team,” Sutton said. “They’re a really quick team with a lot of speed. We need to make sure we keep up with high pressure in the middle of the field. I think it will be another cat fight.”

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Jefferson Academy 3, Frontier Academy 2 (OT)

At Jefferson Academy

Frontier Academy 1 1 0 — 2

Jefferson Academy 1 1 1 — 3

Goals (assists) — Jefferson Academy: Alycia Wright (Marissa Chapman), 14th minute; Champan, 25th minute; Wright (Rachel Schlagel), 81st minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Jefferson Academy: Kassidy Hastings (81-2-4).

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