Jackson girls ground Green River in soccer

As has been the positive habit of the Lady Broncs, the girls came out aggressively at home after a road loss. In their all-black home jerseys, Jackson darkened Green River’s chances of victory early and often with four goals in the first 12 minutes of play.

It could have been much worse for Green River as Jackson missed several golden opportunities with shots that went wide or high. As it was, the Lady Broncs added one more late in the half to take a 5-0 lead into the break.

Still, a ‘glass half empty person’ might choose to focus on what is becoming an all-too common scenario for the highly-ranked Lady Broncs: failing to finish. For those who have been so blessed with talent, more is expected and the Jackson girls have too often come away with nothing to show on more than a few dazzling offensive occasions.

“It is definitely something that is important and something we’ve been working on,” said junior striker Phoebe Alva Rosa. “Maybe not as important in a 13-0 game, but against Rock Springs, Kelly Walsh—teams like that—those missed opportunities could make a big difference.”

Coach Kristen Pizarro’s girls were relentless on the attack, pinning Green River in their own end for most of the opening half. Pizarro was able to work in fresh troops throughout the contest thanks to Jackson’s commanding lead.

Green River (2-7, 0-7) was riding a 4-game skid coming into the affair with Jackson. Scoring has been tough to come by this season for the Lady Wolves. The Lady Broncs handed the Lady Wolves an 11-1 defeat the first time the teams met this season, late last month.

This time around, Jackson pounded the Lady Wolves 13-0 for their 7th win of the season against 3 losses.

Goal differential and preserving shutouts is important to players. Alva Rosa says that plays into everyone’s mentality and her mates are always aware of how big their big wins are.

“Goal differential can play a role, and it’s always super important to keep a shutout preserved for your keeper,” the junior striker said.

Taya McClennen paced the Lady Broncs with a 10-point game (4 goals, 2 assists). Selah Hunter (2G, 5A), Phoebe Alva Rosa (2G, 1A), and Melissa Morillon Jimenez (2G) added a pair apiece. Hannah Freeze (1G, 3A), Eva Flanagan (1G), Piper Lee (1G), Melissa Kussy (1A), and Zoe Crisp (1A) also put their names on the scoresheet.

The Lady Broncs move to 7-3, 5-3 on the season. Jackson faces a tough weekend ahead. They’ll host Kelly Walsh (3-2-1) on Friday and Natrona (4-1-1) on Saturday.

Jackson is 4-0 at home but will they be ready for this challenge?

“Yeah,” Alva Rosa said.

That’s it? Yeah? That’s all you have to add?

“Everyone who knows me will know that’s me, and that’s all I would have to say about it,” Alva Rosa added.

Short, succinct, and that’s your style, Phoebe? You’ll just be ready to play?

“Yeah.”

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