After losing to Grain Valley Tuesday, Oak Grove soccer coach Zach Herzig said his team needed a boost.
The Panthers got it when Dalton Smith scored a hat trick in a 9-0 rout of host Odessa Thursday.
“This was a much needed game. We really needed the confidence,” Herzig said. “There were moments in the game where we looked great, like the team I know we are. Some young guys had to step up because of suspensions. (Freshman) Hagan Dyer had his first start on varsity and made an amazing save, keeping our shutout. Nate Morris (freshman) also contributed to the shutout by playing right back.
“I am glad this week is over because we needed to collect ourselves. We are going to come back next week ready to play.”
Jacob Leamon added two goals and is now just two shy of his older brother Zach’s single-season record of 33.
“He has a little more motivation with it being his brother’s record,” Herzig joked.
Gael Perez started the scoring in the second minute and added another in the second half. Joel Spencer and Keegan Huff also scored, and Dyer finished with five saves for the shutout as the Panthers improved to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 7, BLUE SPRINGS 1: Blue Springs was no match for Suburban Big Seven leader Lee’s Summit West Thursday.
The Wildcats dropped to 0-11 overall and 0-6 in the conference. Carlos Llamas scored their lone goal.
Lee’s Summit West won the junior varsity game 2-1.