Jenna Kentgen remembered well the last time Metea Valley faced Lockport in the playoffs.
It was two years ago. Lockport had two shots on goal. One went in, and the Mustangs went home a 1-0 upset victim in a sectional semifinal.
“We talked about it before the game,” Kentgen said with a knowing look. “We were in it to win it tonight for sure.”
Kentgen soothed that bitter memory Tuesday, scoring four goals and assisting on two others in the seventh-ranked Mustangs’ 7-0 win at the Class 3A Metea Valley Regional.
The Mustangs advance to a 7 p.m. regional final Friday in Aurora.
Kentgen’s four goals give the Iowa commit 21 on the season. She is the all-time leading scorer in the young Metea program’s history.
Metea coach Pat Feulner, retiring after this his 35th year on the sidelines, minced no words in praising his talented forward.
“I think Jenna’s the best forward in the state. She’s by far the best forward I’ve ever coached,” Feulner said. “She’s so fast and athletic, and she works both sides of the field. She’s special.”
The Mustangs (15-3-2) put great pressure on the Lockport goal from the first whistle. Metea missed several chances, but peppered the Porters’ keeper in the fifth minute.
Finally, freshman Jade Ericksen-Russo broke the ice, sending a cross to Kentgen in front of the goal for a score.
Shortly after Kentgen got behind the Lockport defense, Nicki Hernandez found her again and Kentgen tucked a score in the back right corner of the goal.
Kentgen returned the favor, assisting Eriksen-Russo. And with 26:27 left in the half, Katie Kennedy blasted in a 25-foot shot assisted by Kentgen.
Kentgen added two goals in the second half.
“I just think we possessed the ball really well,” Kentgen said. “Our finishes came.”
Metea substituted liberally after going ahead 4-0. The second-half clock was cut in half after the seventh goal.
“That’s kind of what we wanted to do — get out early, and get a quick lead,” Feulner said, “so we could get some other girls in and rest our regulars. We weren’t looking to put it on them.
“We had them running a lot; you could see them start to tire midway through the first half.”
Lockport is a program on the rebuild. Six freshmen suited up during the season and three more were added for the playoffs.
The Porters’ future improvement will start with sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Henson, who made several saves under constant pressure.
Metea outshot Lockport 34-1.
“They scored seven but it could have been 20. Cassidy was outstanding,” Lockport coach Todd Elkei said. “Not only did she make saves, but the quality of saves she made were great.”
Abby Severson scored Metea’s other goal, assisted by Madie Sandberg. Alena Sidwell assisted Kentgen’s goal that built a 6-0 lead.