Jacksonville broke out of its scoring doldrums in a major way Friday night.
The Fight'n Maidens plastered the Lady ‘Riders of Center, 5-0, in the regular-season finale which took place at Tomato Bowl.
The lopsided victory came on Senior Night, as Fight'n Maidens Alanna Jeffcoat and Cristy Belk were recognized at a mid-field ceremony following the conclusion of the match.
Jacksonville came into play Friday having dropped its last two matches by carbon-copy 1-0 scores.
That scoring slump was officially put to rest when Kelley Crosby drilled the ball into the net from about 15 yards out from the right side at the 20:11 mark of the opening period that gave Jacksonville a 1-0 lead.
The Fight'n Maidens enjoyed a 2-0 edge at the break, following the first of a three-goal night by Alanna Jeffcoat.
Jeffcoat slipped one in from point-blank range off a Lindsey Green assist with just under 16:00 to play in the opening segment.
Jacksonville's next score came near the mid point of the second period when Callie Reagan dinked a shot in form about four yards out near the left post. Crosby collected the assist on the effort.
Reagan was a busy young lady as she handled the goal tending duties in the first half for the Maidens.
In the second half, Jacksonville head coach Kiff Wiemers changed things up a bit and played Reagan as a forward and put Jasmin Rodriquez in goal.
Reagan and Rodriquez combined forces for the clean sheet.
Jeffcoat struck again with 13:42 to go in the match.
At that point she knocked the ball in from about five yards out, straight away, off of a Jessika Alvarez assist.
Jeffcoat was able to get the hat trick by booming the ball in from 13 yards out right around the 10:00 mark.
The Jacksonville defenders, which included Kennison Chambless, Gentry Hammons and Rodriquez, also gave a solid effort in allowing Center just one shot on goal all evening.
Wiemers said that his team played with much more passion on Friday that they had demonstrated recently.
“The difference was heart and fight and being able to put some of our demons aside,” he said. “We wanted to send off our seniors on a positive note and we wanted to go into the playoffs with as much confidence as possible and I think that we were able to accomplish both of those things.”
Wiemers went on to credit the efforts of Crosby and Jackie Garcia, who both were playing in new slots due to injuries, as being important factors in Jacksonville's win.
“Kelley and Jackie really stepped up (Friday) and that was good to see,” Wiemers said.
The Maidens will open the Class 4-A, Region III, playoffs at 7 p.m. this evening by taking on the College Station Lady Cougars at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Lady Cougars (19-5-1) just completed an undefeated District 34-4A season in route to winning the league crown.
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