Gryphons shut out Avery, 5-0
Thomas Jefferson's Anna Dedmon followed a three-goal performance in an 8-0 win over Mitchell Monday with another hat trick in the Gryphons (5-0, 2-0 WHC) 5-0 victory over Avery on a windy Wednesday in Avondale.
"[Dedmon] is a unique talent," TJCA head coach Brian Espinoza said after the game. "She's our offense. Once we find a team that can stop her than they'll stop us. Luckily we haven't found anyone that can do it just yet."
Dedmon's assault on the net started early when her shot attempt in the fifth minute was saved by the Avery goalie but the Vikings goalkeeper wasn't as fortunate in the ninth minutes as a Dedmon shot from eight yard out found the back of the net.
Just four minutes later Dedmon was tripped inside of the Avery box to earn a penalty kick and TJCA's Leah Lineberry did the honors of putting the PK past the keeper for a 2-0 Gryphons lead.
In the 27th minute Dedmon used some fancy footwork to defeat the entire Avery defense for her second goal of the night, this time from 15 yards out.
The half ended with TJCA leading 3-0 as the Vikings had very few chances at the TJCA net.
Victoria Bennett and the Gryphon defense continued their blockade of the goal in the second half and Dedmon continued her impressive night.
In the 49th minute a Dedmon pass found the right foot of Alyssa Edwards who booted it past the Avery goalie for a 4-0 lead.
Avery had a golden opportunity to find their way onto the scoreboard in the 52nd minute on a corner kick that landed in front of the Gryphons net, but the Vikings failed to capitalize.
Dedmon completed her hat trick in the 65th minute with another display at the top of the Avery box. Dedmon's third girl accounted for the 5-0 final.
"It's good to win these games right now," Espinoza said. "We're picking up some momentum and getting a lot of leadership from our eight seniors."
Despite the undefeated record and the blowout wins, Espinoza still has questions.
"We're not as good as our results are," Espinoza said. "We have solid players and it's good to win, but we still have a lot of weak areas."
TJCA returns to the pitch Monday at Madison for a 6 p.m. start.