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    Mead's Haley Williams, center, celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half of a nonleague game against Niwot Friday afternoon at Mead. Williams ended up scoring twice in a 4-0 win. Visit for more photos.

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    Niwot's Maddie Borncamp, right, battles for possession of the ball against Mead's Riley Gilbert on Friday afternoon at Mead.

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    Niwot goalie Quinn Gossett blocks a Mead shot on goal during their game Friday afternoon.



MEAD — Freshman Haley Williams scored two goals to lead the Mead Mavericks to a 4-0 win over the Niwot Cougars on Friday.

“We worked well as a team today,” Williams said. “I’m happy we were able to pull through with this result.”

The game took place after both teams did not practice Wednesday and Thursday due to the bomb cyclone snowstorm that forced schools to shut down. The location also changed with the game moving to Mead High School due to better field conditions.

Both teams showed the rust coming back from two days off with a lethargic beginning to the game. Passes were missing the mark and the game was stuck in the midfield with neither side able to get things going.

“The fact that we have had as many games as practices on grass is hard,” Niwot coach Stephen Dimit said. “It’s a tough start to the season.”

With just a couple of shots on goal by both teams midway through the first half, Mead started to open the field up and control the action. Their passes started to connect, resulting in a bit more applied pressure to the Niwot goal. Williams rewarded the team’s efforts with eight minutes remaining in the half with a strike from a distance that got past Niwot goalie Quinn Gossett.

Momentum stayed with Mead in the second half with more opportunities on goal. A misplayed ball by a Niwot defender led to Peyton Fox getting a look in front of the net for her to extend the lead to 2-0. Roughly 11 minutes later, she would send a long pass up the field to Williams that led to her second goal of the afternoon.

“After the first goal, things started to click and we got going, and we kept going after that,” Williams said.

Jillian Ruck came off the bench late in the half and scored the final goal for the Mavericks with six minutes to spare.

Friday marked the second shutout win for Mead after opening the season with a 7-0 victory over Longmont. On pace to match their 10 wins and 44 goals from last year, the Mavericks are looking to build off their strong start in order to reach those goals and beyond in 2019.

“Everyone is working together so well,” Williams said. “I feel great for the season. I’m ready to see what’s going to come.”

Things are off to a different start for the Cougars, who dropped to 0-3 with Friday’s loss to Mead. Niwot was shut out for the second time in a row and are still looking to get into a rhythm with each other on the field. Dimit hopes that getting more practice time moving forward will help get their season back on track from the slow start.

“We have to get a few good practices in,” Dimit said. “We need to get our shape in right now. We play 100 percent, and right now we’re not in sync. We just need to get some time together for that to fall in place.”

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Mead 4, Niwot 0

At Mead High School

NIWOT (0-3)       0 0  — 0

MEAD (2-0)          1 3  — 4

Goals (assists) —Mead: Haley Williams 32nd minute, Peyton Fox 52nd minute, Haley Williams (Peyton Fox) 63rd minute, Jilliam Ruck 74th minute; Niwot: none.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Brea Encinas (80-0-9); Niwot: Quinn Gossett (63-3-11), Cathy Toothaker (17-1-1).