Lady Jays soccer breaks in new field with win vs. Mexico

The scoreboard shows the Jefferson City Lady Jays defeated the Mexico Lady Bulldogs 6-0 following Friday night's game at Jefferson City High School. (Tom Rackers/News Tribune)
The scoreboard shows the Jefferson City Lady Jays defeated the Mexico Lady Bulldogs 6-0 following Friday night's game at Jefferson City High School. (Tom Rackers/News Tribune)

The Jefferson City Lady Jays broke in their new soccer facility in style Friday night.

Jefferson City scored twice in the opening 20 minutes on its way to a 6-0 victory against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs in the on-campus facility at the high school.

“We got out on our front foot,” Jefferson City coach Scott Blake said. “We needed that.”

Those were the only two goals in the first half.

“We weren’t great with the ball in the first half,” Blake said. “We were a lot better in the second half.”

The Lady Jays put the game away with two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half. The final two goals came in the last 20 minutes.

It’s the second straight year Jefferson City has opened with a win against Mexico. The Lady Jays defeated the Lady Bulldogs 3-0 last year.

“We’re better in a lot of facets of the game now” Blake said. “We are more committed on both sides of the ball.

“We have a commitment to playing harder and more aggressive. It’s a team thing that leads us into having more moments when you have 10 and 11 players willing to do that. We’re doing the grind work now that gets all of us in the position to do what we need to do to win games like this.”

Emily McMillian finished with a hat trick for the Lady Jays in the victory. Elicia Theroff, Katie Mullen and Ella Kruse all tallied one goal each as everyone who dressed for Jefferson City played Friday night.

McMillian also had two assists in the victory.

Riley McKee and Mariah McKinney shared time in goal in the shutout for the Lady Jays.

Jefferson City was scheduled to host Sedalia Sacred Heart today, but the game has been postponed until April 7 due to the expected cold conditions.

The Lady Jays will be back in action Tuesday at Father Tolton. The JV game will start at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity contest around 6:45 p.m.

In Friday’s JV game limited to one half, Jefferson City defeated Mexico 1-0. Kyra Madondo tallied the goal for the Lady Jays.