The Swift Current Foresters United under-14 girls opened their outdoor soccer season with a pair of wins on Saturday against the visiting Medicine Hat Crusaders.
The U14 girls opened the day with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory and followed up with a 4-1 win later that afternoon.
The day got off to a slow start when the young host squad fell behind 1-0 in the second minute of the opening game.
They trailed 1-0 at the half before rookie Jordan Jacobson maximized a brief stint at striker. Jacobson tied the game 1-1 when she got on the end of a booming Cassandra Furey-Cameron dropkick and beat the Crusaders defense before depositing the team’s first goal of the season into the bottom left corner.
Jacobson only needed four more minutes to find the back of the goal again as she redirected a Kelsey Therrien corner kick into the goal for a 2-1 lead.
The Crusaders wouldn’t go quietly as they earned a penalty kick in the 60th minute that Furey-Cameron came up with a diving save on as she leapt to her right and redirected the shot wide of the goal to preserve the win.
The back half of the two-game set got off to a much better start when rookie Jade Addai intercepted a goal kick, broke in all alone, and gave Swift Current a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
Therrien made it 2-0 when the veteran netted her first of the season in the 20th minute when she beat a Crusaders fullback and calmly beat the goalkeeper with a low shot to the short-side from eight yards out.
Medicine Hat made a game of it when they collected a loose ball and scored into the empty net early in the second half. But Jacobson restored the two-goal lead when she blasted a ball into the top corner on a breakaway in the 40th minute for her third goal of the day.
Therrien sealed the win with her second of the game when she rushed half the length of the field through the Medicine Hat defense and made it a 4-1 final.
Next action for the U14 girls will be May 27-29 when they host Southwest SoccerFest in Swift Current.