The Lady Broncs were bound to come out Friday in a sour mood after a disappointing loss Thursday to Star Valley. It was just the luck of the schedule that would have the Lady Red Devils bear the brunt of Jackson’s angst.
Give Evanston credit, they tried trading goals with the Black & Orange for the first 40 minutes but getting into a shootout with the firepower of Jackson’s is ill advised.
The Lady Broncs wasted no time taking advantage of the wind as they struck 5 minutes in on a 20-yard blast from Melissa Kussy off a nice feed from Phoebe Alva Rosa who ran to a beautiful through ball from Hannah Freeze.
Minutes later, Jackson keeper Sidney Nash had to come up big with a stop on Evanston senior Lauren Hiatt who broke in alone after a steal.
Then Selah Hunter was sent streaking down the right wing. Hunter always draws a crowd wherever she goes with the ball and she knows it. The savvy senior waited for the double-team knowing that meant someone was open. It was Alva Rosa all alone in the middle of the box who banged it home for the 2-0 lead.
Jackson continued pressing the issue. Taya McClennen, who will let it go from anywhere with either foot, fired a few bombs that struck iron instead of mesh. But it was McClennen with the assist on the Lady Broncs’ 3rd goal of the game after she dribbled up left wing with speed and found Hunter in the middle for the one-timer.
Evanston’s Quetzalli Penaloza converted from in close after a mad scramble for the ball ensued off a 25-yard free kick.
Jackson had an answer, however, with a dazzling play that involved four Broncs touching the ball. Piper Lee led Alva Rosa to a ball up the left side. Alva Rosa beat her mark, centered a pass to McClennen who quickly chipped it back to Kussy, and the senior pounded her second to the back of the net for a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Broncs would take a 5-1 lead into the half after Eva Flanagan stole a Red Devil throw in. She got the ball to Alva Rosa to Kussy to Hunter, who danced around a couple of defenders, back to Kussy over to McClennen and bam, goal!
Coach Kristen Pizarro had the girls taking more shots and using the entire width of the field to stymie the Red Devils.
The second half was a little quieter as both teams tinkered with their lineups. Evanston got a little closer off another scramble in front where Jaycee Bardsley notched her first goal of the season to make it 5-2 early in the second half.
On a very similar-looking play, a perfect corner kick by Freeze resulted in a jumble of players in the box looking for the ball. It was Hunter that punched it through for the Broncs’ 6th goal.
Melia Wilson scored a flukey one after her 50-yard lob was misplayed by Nash. The junior, who might have the best leg on the team, got caught in-between and watched helplessly as Wilson’s ball bounced high over her head and into the goal.
Senior Melany Perez capped the scoring with a 25-yard strike to give Jackson the 7-3 win over Evanston.
The Lady Broncs improve to 6-2, 4-2. Evanston falls to 2-4-2, 1-4-1. Jackson faces a very tough Rock Springs (5-2) team Thursday—a team the Lady Broncs beat in overtime on March 27.