The plan for Jefferson going into the Class 2A, District 9 championship game was to keep things simple. Get a lead, play defense and keep the excitement level to a minimum.
Their coach, after all, is four months pregnant.
The Dragons executed that plan to perfection Thursday night, jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first half and getting a hat trick from Melissa Young en route to a 3-0 win and the 2A-9 championship.
The win lifts Jefferson to 8-6-1 and, more important, secures a home match Tuesday for a Region III quarterfinal game against the loser of tonight's 2A-10 final between Lakewood and Osceola.
"We felt pretty confident coming into this game," Jefferson coach Kathy Brock said. "We knew if we could come out and get a lead, our defense could do the rest. That has been our plan all season, and we were able to do it against them."
The Dragons' attempts to isolate Young were thwarted by the Yellow Jackets early. But it was only a matter of time before the Jefferson offense clicked.
With 11:50 left in the first half, a throw-in from Samantha Myers found a wide-open Young streaking down the left sideline. After dribbling past a Blake defender, Young nailed a shot that curled past Blake keeper Jill Powers.
Seventy seconds later, Young broke away from a crowd of defenders, dribbled in and slipped another shot past Powers.
And as the Jefferson offense continued to pound away at Powers, Young got one more shot. With 14:16 left in the game, Young scooped up a blocked shot by Powers and nailed the rebound into the right side of the goal.
The Dragons outshot the Yellow Jackets 19-5, allowing Blake just three shots in the second half. But by virtue of their runners-up finish, Blake (4-9-1) will travel to face the winner of the Lakewood-Osceola game Tuesday in regional action.