FULTONDALE—The Fultondale girls soccer team honored three seniors in Wildcats Stadium Monday evening during a 2-2 draw with the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils. The home team celebrated its Class of 2019, which includes Leslie Navarrete, Thania Mota and Ximena Simon, during intermission.
It was, however, a Fultondale junior and a Fultondale sophomore that bookended a pair of MacKynzie Watson goals on Monday. Junior Lili Martinez started things with a header seconds into the match. Martinez camped out under a deflection off the foot of teammate Joselyn Beltran and bumped it through for a 1-0 lead early on.
That cushion vanished thanks to Watson, who would prove to be a mismatch in cross-classification play. She scored twice before the half and nearly shot what would have been the go-ahead through with 1:30 remaining in the second half. Her free kick thumped off the right post, barely missing a 3-2 lead with little time to spare.
That would be the final shot on goal of a 2-2 draw.
It was Fultondale sophomore Leon Kenia that locked things up at 2 early in the second half. Without a smidge of defensive protest, Kenia stepped into a 25-yard equalizer with 28:56 left on the clock. Defense would prevail from that point forward.
The first tie was drawn midway through the first when Mortimer Jordan senior Victoria Rye dropped a free kick into traffic where Watson controlled it, fought off defenders and found an avenue straight into the net for a 1-all score. Her second goal came late in the first when she broke free for a long run at the keeper. Watson rolled it through as defenders crashed in on her as she approached the goal area.
In the boys match that followed, Mortimer Jordan ran off with a 5-1 road win.
Senior wing Waylon Armstrong scored twice to go with single shots from Talon Sorrelle, Jayden Harris and Feriram Sanchez-Gastelum as the Blue Devils built a 3-0 halftime lead that swelled to 5-0 in the 16th minute of the second half when Armstrong took advantage of a one-on-one. His first goal came off an assist from Sorrelle, who crossed it into some prime real estate directly in front of the goal.
Two of Mortimer Jordan’s goals came off free kicks and another came off a penalty kick from Sanchez-Gastelum early in the second half. The scoring began in the 10th minute when Sanchez-Gastelum took a free kick from 20 yards out and Sorrelle knocked the deflection in for a 1-0 advantage.
Harris needed no assistance as he carried his free kick 30 yards into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Fultondale’s only goal came off the foot of Erick Alcantar with 4:02 remaining, killing the shutout.