Like most goal scorers, Jenny Plummer is inspired when she scores.
On an April 2 afternoon with a cold drizzle falling on the field at Legend High School, Plummer scored all three Highlands Ranch goals in a 3-2 Continental League girls soccer victory over the Titans.
“As soon as I score, I get really pumped up and excited to play the rest of the game,” Plummer said. “It's really great to be a top scorer.”
Plummer put the Falcons up 1-0 on a free kick from 50 yards out, which bounced over the goalkeeper's head and into the goal. She pushed Highlands Ranch in front 2-1 before halftime, when her shot from the left side hit off the side netting and deflected through the goalkeeper's legs.
Highlands Ranch, playing without five regular players because of injuries, sickness and spring break, went up 3-1 in the second half when Tanner Kidd faked a free kick from 30 yards away and Plummer sent a shot along the ground and into the goal for what turned out to be the game-winning tally.
“We did a set piece,” Plummer explained.
Plummer, a junior, has scored five of the eight goals Highlands Ranch has scored this season, and all five tallies have come in the past three games.
The April 2 victory was the fourth straight for Highlands Ranch, which improved to 3-0-0 in the Continental League and 4-2-0 overall.
“We had players out, so the rest of the players had to play at a higher level,” said Highlands Ranch coach Randy Hodous. “We are very proud of their production.
“We had a tough non-league. We need to keep improving, stay confident on the ball and get the most out of each of our players of what their strengths are. Jenny is a good attacking player. Tanner Kidd is a good distributor for us. Our back line does a good job. We have to keep getting better and better. It is important for us to feel confident with the ball.”
Legend, still looking for its first win, fell to 0-3-1 in the league and 0-5-1 overall, but controlled play most of the second half against Highlands Ranch.
In five previous games, the Titans had managed only two goals, but matched their season output against the Falcons when Cassi VanDeventer and Drew Guillen scored goals.
“We had a lot of opportunities but we didn't seem to put a lot of them away,” said Legend coach Jordan Ivey. “That's been the story a little bit for us this season. We're a young team and we're still trying to figure out how to come together and play as a team.
“We've been taking steps in the right direction. We still have the major chunk of our season ahead of us. I feel like we can definitely pull it together and get ourselves set up for the playoffs. We're a step off here or a pass may be a yard off to one side or the other, and that's a pace when we start to come together as a team, that pace is going to get cleaned up.”