Another day, another win for William Chrisman.
Specifically, another shutout win.
Sparked by two first-half goals, Chrisman downed Van Horn 5-0 on Thursday. The non-conference road win put the Bears at 4-1 entering their non-conference meeting next Monday with visiting Raytown South.
All of Chrisman’s wins have been by shutout. Chrisman girls soccer coach John Straub attributes that partly to sophomore keeper Karina Vela and a back line anchored by junior defender Katie Laughlin.
“(They do) a great job of being composed under pressure,” Straub said. “But also it speaks a lot to our midfield and our forwards, because they’re putting a lot of pressure on the ball. And so we’re able to win the ball higher up the field, which has helped us out a lot.”
The Bears scored their first two goals Thursday by winning challenges upfield. Hunter Taylor provided goal No. 1 in the 26th minute by beating Falcons keeper Dasiah Tatum to a loose ball in the 18-yard box and tapping an easy roller into an open net.
Taylor said she felt her goal was in keeping with how Chrisman attacked Van Horn overall.
“Basically, I think we did a lot of communicating,” she said. “And I think we took advantage of how their defense went to one side of the field. We just hit the ball to the other side – (the side) that they were not on.”
Cassie Simpson made it 2-0 Chrisman in the 32nd minute by winning a challenge with Tatum and punching a shot into the net.
“I didn’t actually realize that I was by myself until I heard Tierra (Lopez) yell from the middle of the field that I was all by myself. As soon as I realized that, I took off and waited for her to come out and just shot right over her,” Simpson said.
Rylee LaRoche made it 3-0 in the 51st minute with a goal. Elizabeth Eppert then finished a crossing pass from Lopez in the 53rd minute. Celeste Cummins’ goal in the 61st minute finished the scoring in the latest shutout by the Bears, who’ve outscored their opponents 19-6.
“I think we played really well,” Taylor said of Chrisman’s latest victory. “I think we did better the second half than the first half.”
Given the Bears were “a quality opponent,” the Falcons (3-2) weren’t displeased by losing to them, Van Horn coach Matt Tracy said. On the other hand, the Falcons found something lacking in their performance, according to Tracy.
“We did expect to see more passes strung together,” he said. “We’ve been doing that in our few games we’ve had so far – and today, I didn’t see it at all.”