LONGMONT — While continued growth shouldn’t be assumed in sport, particularly in the discourse of the high school game, Mead boys soccer’s recent climb up state relevancy feels like a waking sun.
Harder to picture on rainy, grim nights like Wednesday at the high school, signs of a bright future instead came in the form of soaked burnt orange jerseys.
A wet mess, down a goal, the Mavericks wouldn’t be pulled under by circumstance as they beat Windsor for the first time in program history — thoroughly, too, 6-1.
“My freshman year, (the Wizards) won state. They’re a great team,” said junior Logan Knight, who got his third goal of the night in the 67th minute. “We only lost by (two) that year. Then last year it was a tie. It only keeps getting better and better for the program.”
Seemingly getting better everywhere.
Knight’s hat trick was his first for Mead (7-1, 1-0 Class 5A/4A Northern Colorado Athletic Conference), which has followed its best season in program history with a strong start in 2022.
The Mavericks, who had already moved into this week’s CHSAA top 10 before winning their fifth straight, also got two goals in the opening half from Tavon Underwood and No. 10 on the season from Dalton Berg.
They’d previously been outscored by Windsor (3-5-1, 0-1) 43-2 over the last eight years.
“It’s really special to us,” Mead coach Shane Adler said. “These boys work hard and do all the right stuff. Seeing this result against a team that is good every year and seems to have our number every year, it’s a good feeling.”
A Slip ‘N Slide of sorts, the game tilted one way for Mead’s enjoyment following Windsor’s goal in the 7th minute from Edan Schutt.
Knight hit the inside of the far post on his first chance in the 11th, then scored three goals in a span of 43 minutes.
The junior, keeping his footing on a slick surface, weaved through defenders before ripping his first past Wizards keeper Tristyn Bruning in the 24th, making it 2-0.
Knight’s second then came in the 47th, a bouncing ball that — like so many players on this night — touched oddly off the turf, before going in. His third and 10th of the year gave Mead a five-goal advantage, Windsor’s worst loss since 2016.
“Honestly we’re really confident going into our next couple of games,” Knight said. “Confidence-wise, we’re not going to be too cocky. But we want to keep a high mentality.”
Mead, at 10th in this week’s 4A rankings, has won by at least three goals in each of its seven wins. Its lone loss came at No. 1 Durango 3-2 at the beginning of the month.
The Mavericks host Riverdale Ridge Saturday.