WINDSOR — Trying to find the positives after a match with Windsor is not always easy.
The top-ranked Wizards have steam rolled through the regular season and on Wednesday night with the Tri-Valley League title up for grabs against Mead, the Wizards again put on a show.
The Mavericks kept them off the board and you could argue they won the first 20 minutes, but it wasn’t enough as Windsor all but locked up the TVL title with a 6-1 victory.
“It’s just constant pressure,” said Mead coach Shane Adler, whose side is currently No. 20 in the Class 4A RPI with two games left to play against Holy Family and Skyline. “They are phenomenal and I thought we held up good for the first 25 minutes and I think if we clean up corner kicks, it is a much closer game for us.”
The Mavericks knew the onus was on their defense to stay tight on Windsor’s lethal set of strikers and they did so with solid efforts from Sydney Postle and freshman Jordan Westenbroek, who shadowed the Wizards CU bound star Chaynee Kingsbury.
It was a sloppy goal in the 20th minute by Abby Gearhart, on a scrum in from of Breanna Encinas’ goal, that broke the ice.
Then the corner kick debacle reared its ugly head.
The Wizards got the first of their three corner-kick goals in the 32nd minute, when Kingsbury delivered a perfect ball to the back post, where Alex Ramirez finished.
“I think we were a little caught off guard by their other two midfielders, but I think we did well for what we had,” said Adler, whose team is still an impressive 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the TVL (they were just 6-8-1 last season). “The wheels kind of came off after we had one scored on us that we should have saved, but she got it out of her head and Bre recovered nicely after that.”
The final goal of the first half also went to Gearhart on a shot that Encinas got a hand on, only to have it deflect in off her post.
Kingsbury would deliver two more corners that lead to goals early in the second half. The first to Domonique Webb and the second to Lauren Bigler that upped the lead to 6-0 by the 53rd minute.
The Mavericks didn’t slow down and eventually pushed to get on the board, something only five teams have done all season against Windsor.
In the 63rd minute, Isabella Pfarr was on the receiving end of a nice feed from Peyton Fox and the freshman was able to finish past Wizards keeper Michaela Moran.
“We’ll watch the film and learn from it, and like I said, we had a freshman score a goal for us tonight and that is big for her,” Adler said. “We are just going to build of the positives and we know what we have to work on.”
WINDSOR 6, MEAD 1
Mead (9-3, 4-1) 0 1 — 1
Windsor (12-0-1, 5-0) 3 3 — 6
Goals (assists) — Windsor: Abby Gearhart (unasissted), 20th minute; Alex Ramirez (Chaynee Kingsbury), 32nd; Gearhart (unassisted), 36th; Domonique Webb (unassisted), 45th; Webb (Kingsbury), 52nd; Lauren Bigler (Kingsbury), 53rd; Mead: Isabella Pfarr (Peyton Fox), 63rd.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Breanna Encinas (80-6-5); Windsor: Michaela Moran (60-1-4), Kaleigh Williams (20-0-1).