(CARSTAIRS)- With the help of a four goal performance by Jamie Flett, the Olds College Broncos (4-1-1) women's team took down the Lakeland Rustlers (0-6-0) by a score of 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at Tiny Lafleur Field in Carstairs.
The dominating performance by Flett comes after a dry offensive start to the year, at least compared to her 10 goal 2016 campaign. In fact, Flett had only found the back of the net once prior to this game. That sure changed fast, as Flett climbs 30 spots on the conference goal scoring leaderboard from 33rd spot to 3rd.
Despite losing the possession battle early on, Lakeland managed to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Broncos keeper Auslin McDaniel-Perrin challenged Jodie Stoker who attacked on the left side, but before McDaniel-Perrin could make a play, the ball found the back right corner of the net.
The lead wouldn't last long. As the Broncos marched down field, the ball came to Jamie Flett in the right side of the box. Flett would make no mistake, burying her first goal of the year to tie the game.
The rest of the game would be better known as the "Flett Show", as the flood gates opened.
In the 41st minute she broke in on net and beat keeper Daniel Blacklock for her second of the game, giving the Broncos a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Just a few days removed from being named ACAC Female Athlete of the Week, Rachel Brodie continued her recent tear early in the second half. In the 58th minute Brodie and Flett showed off their chemistry when Flett sent a perfectly placed pass onto the foot of Brodie as she maneuvered between two defenders. While she was nearly caught from behind, Brodie managed to get enough foot on the ball to direct it into the net for her sixth goal of the season- good for second place in the ACAC.
Before all was said and done, Flett scored again in the 83rd and 86th minute to give the Broncos a massively important 5-1 win.
Flett was awarded player of the game for the home squad following the match while Nikki Boutin took the honour home for the Rustlers.
Next up for the Broncos is a home match being played at Tiny Lafleur Field in Carstairs Sunday afternoon at 12:00 P.M. against the Red Deer College Queens. Meanwhile Lakeland travels to Calgary to take on SAIT, the South Division's number one ranked team, Sunday at noon as well.
Brendan Stasiewich, Olds College Sports Information