BAYFIELD The Wolverines scored a first on their home-sweet-home field Saturday.
The Bayfield High School girls soccer team beat Telluride for the first time at Wolverine Country Stadium in a Southwest Soccer League match.
The Wolverines stopped the speedy Miners 3-1 in a match that featured playoff intensity and scores of dramatic plays none bigger than three aggressive, diving saves in the second half by Bayfield senior goalkeeper Jaylie Ross.
I was really nervous before the game, Ross said. All game, I was shaking I was so nervous.
Even more so after the explosive Telluride team scored in the seventh minute when Molly Mitchell blasted a shot off the Bayfield crossbar. She collected the carom and punched it into the back of the net for a quick 1-0 Telluride lead.
After that ... I started talking to my defense more, said Ross, who would finish with 14 saves in the victory. I started to communicate more ... and as soon as we did that, we started to click.
The Wolverines tied the evenly played match in the 13th minute after Telluride was whistled for a foul.
Bayfield senior Sanna Penton, a foreign-exchange student from Sweden, converted the direct kick from 30 yards out low to the left corner for a 1-1 tie. Penton also scored a goal Friday when the Wolverines opened the home season with a 3-0 win over Ridgway.
The teams traded attacking runs at each end of the pitch before the Wolverines took a 2-1 lead in the 31st minute.
Bayfield challenged with pressure from Keenan Moreta, Haley Fleming, Lindsey Reinmuth, Effie Nistler and Breetta Moe, among others.
After a rapid-fire series of shots, sophomore defender Jaida Ross controlled the ball about 30 yards out on the right side. She booted a scorching centering pass that crossed the goal mouth and tucked neatly into the side netting to put the Wolverines ahead.
I just was trying to cross it ... but I guess it went in, Jaida Ross said after scoring her first BHS goal.
That made me really happy. I havent scored in high school before, the younger sister of Jaylie Ross said. Their parents are Gene and Jamie Carlson.
I was close to scoring some goals last year, but it didnt happen, the goal scorer said. This year it happened.
All of the girls, of course, want to play forward ... they all want to score goals. And I tell them that even on defense, you can score. Jaida proved it (Saturday), Bayfield head coach Jen Zelinski said of the go-ahead goal before halftime.
BHS added a third goal late in injury time.
Moe, who also scored against Ridgway, drilled the clincher after Tellurides top player, junior Sarah Wontrobski, was carried off the field after suffering a left leg injury on a collision in front of the Bayfield goal.
Telluride put up 18 shots to 23 for Bayfield (3-0).
Our defense stepped up, Zelinski said. When Jordyn (Harrison) got hurt (on defense), I had to move some girls around, and they stepped up, too.
Taylor Harrison and Sonya Fleming both contributed key defensive plays late for Bayfield.
The defense was awesome in helping me out back there, said Jaylie Ross, last years Southwest Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year.
Telluride is a hard team. They have really, really good players, she said of the Miners (1-1).
Jaylie ... was outstanding, Zelinski said. She said she was nervous all week for this game. But when she gets on the field, she knows what shes doing.
Zelinski said the victory is important in Bayfields quest to win a conference title something the Wolverines have yet to accomplish.
This was a huge win for us. Weve never won the league ... we needed this one, Zelinski said.