MOUNT VERNON — Against its toughest opponent to date, the Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket girls soccer team played some of its best ball.
Unfortunately for the Jackets, the opponent was too tough, and the effort didn’t translate into a win.
Mount Vernon played solid from the forwards to the defense, while freshman Alexi Skal registered a late goal in the team’s 4-1 defeat to Tri-Valley at Yellow Jacket Stadium on Saturday.
Skal took a leadership role on Saturday, as she typically led the charge to the net. This was especially true in the second half, when she shot five times on goal.
“I’m really pleased with this freshmen batch that came up,” said Mount Vernon head coach Emanual Kladias. “All these freshmen, I had at one time. They know my coaching style and what I’m looking for. … When Alexi is up there, she’s really thirsty to score. Even if she doesn’t have it, she distributes the ball well.”
Skal’s effort epitomized a second half in which the Jackets (2-3-1) played with a fire that had been missing for most of the season. In a 25-minute stretch, Mount Vernon outshot the Scotties, 8-3, and managed five shots on goal — all from Skal. The last one came after Abby Smith shook off a defender and found Skal with the goalie out of position. Skal’s shot ended up in the back of the net and gave the Jackets their first home goal in nearly three matches.
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