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Girls soccer: Haley Williams leads Mead past Skyline

Senior notches pair of goals, two assists in victory

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LONGMONT — Mead girls soccer has been spending the first half of the season pooling all of its assets together and, on Friday at Skyline, the Mavericks seemed to achieve that goal with a 5-0 win over the Falcons.

Senior Haley Williams dominated for her teammates as she scored six points in all with two goals and two assists. Senior Brooke Davis contributed two goals of her own as sophomore Averi Williams added one more.

The win pushed the Mavericks to 5-2-1 as they hope to inch closer and closer to the Class 4A top-10 rankings. In the most recent CHSAA poll, they received seven votes. It’s all about getting the right dynamic down.

“We’re making sure we’re finalizing that (chemistry) and being more dynamic offensively, strengthening our defense and kind of putting it all together for this last stretch,” Mead coach Shane Adler said. “Our movement up top has been a little stagnant lately and I think tonight, we really worked on that and getting the ball to runners in space and I think that’s going to help us moving forward. We did really good pressuring. A high press really helped us tonight.”

The Falcons, on the other hand, have enjoyed seeing the consistent growth that comes with a fairly young roster, one that doesn’t house a lot of club players. That improvement was evident just from the first half to the second, as they gave up four goals in the first 40 minutes but held the Mavericks to just one score in the final frame.

“The club players are a good core that has actually led our team to make it contagious for the rest of us,” Skyline coach Luis Chavez said. “We were just talking about lifting each other up and making sure that we’re actually continuing the development, continuing the growth, continuing with the positive outcome, positive attitude.”

Freshman keeper Lauren Pratt took charge in the goal for the Falcons as she used every inch of the box to challenge Mead left and right, often putting her body on the line to make impressive save after impressive save.

With her leadership and club experience, she’s hoping she can help bring the rest of the team up to speed as the Falcons continue to get better with every single possession. Playing a team as tough as Mead will only make them stronger in the long run.

“It depends on the team that I’m playing with, so different teams have different skill sets, so this team I’m more aggressive with,” Pratt said. “I think it really helps that the team has confidence in me to help them out in the back.”

The Mavericks will look to keep the fire going on Monday against Longmont as the Falcons return to action against the same Longmont team on Wednesday afternoon. Mead will need to be as sharp as possible over the next couple of weeks, as it hopes to get a jump on No. 3 Windsor, No. 10 Holy Family and No. 6 Centaurus in perhaps the toughest stretch of the schedule starting on April 25.

“We’ve had such a great season so far, so it’s good to keep that momentum up,” Haley Williams said. “It’ll definitely set up for our games down the road, especially next week, so that we can go into those games having confidence, knowing we can play well as a team.”

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