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Examiner
  • Eagles breeze past Falcons in SCA opener

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  • The Grain Valley girls soccer team easily passed its first test in the Summit Christian Academy Tournament.
    Reighan Childers and Nathalia Barr each had two goals and an assist as the Eagles routed Van Horn 10-0 Monday night. Kali Carson, Sianna Aumua, Morgan Clark, Abby Winter, Kiley Wagener and Maddie Smith each scored one goal. Aumua also had two assists.
    Grain Valley (2-2) led 8-0 at halftime. The game was stopped in the 54th minute because of the 10-goal mercy rule. Lindsey Mangum had to make only two saves for the shutout as Van Horn fell 2-3.
    “It feels good to win the first game of the tournament and have our record be 2-2 for the season,” Grain Valley coach Aleana Balistreri said.
    Grain Valley meets O’Hara at 5:15 p.m. today. Van Horn faces O’Hara at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
    STALEY 3, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: Harrison Hayworth scored twice to lead host Staley to the victory over William Chrisman in the Suburban Middle Seven opener Monday.
    “We have to rebound and get ready for Raytown Tuesday,” coach John Straub said after the Bears fell to 2-1.
    The junior varsity match also went to Staley, 4-0.
    RAYMORE-PECULIAR 3, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: South and Ray-Pec battled through scoreless overtime periods before the visiting Panthers booted in all five of their penalty kicks to spoil South’s home and Suburban Big Six opener.
    The Jaguars (1-1 overall) had one penalty kick miss and had no fifth attempt since Ray-Pec had clinched the victory.
    “It’s hard to feel too good or too bad about a PK loss,” South coach Todd Findley said. “It’s just a weird part of the game that has to happen.
    “Ray-Pec is such a fast team. They’ve had two really competitive opponents, and I think their speed of play caught us off-guard a little bit. I think it opened our eyes to where we need to be at.”
    Emily Griffin scored both South goals – giving her five this season – off assists from Mollie Maupin. Griffin’s goals, both equalizers, came in the 27th and 44th minutes.
    “Emily had two unbelievable finishes,” Findley said.
    Kayla Wood played in goal for South in the first half, and Megan Swanson played the second half and overtime.
    The South junior varsity posted a 7-0 win.
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