Blue Springs girls soccer coach Doug McLagan knows the kind of damage Alison Walls can inflict as a goal-scorer.
Walls inflicted a hat trick’s worth of it on Blue Springs Friday night.
The Park Hill senior scored the first three goals to help the visiting Trojans hand the Wildcats a 6-0 Suburban Big Seven-opening loss. In the 13th minute, she buried a low shot. In the 20th minute, Walls lined in her second goal. In the 48th minute, she completed her hat trick by finishing a low shot from outside the Blue Springs 18-yard box.
“Alison’s a fantastic player,” McLagan said. “Probably the best target player in the city, in my mind, in high school soccer.”
To Trojans coach Brandt Bell, Walls’ performance Friday was “fantastic.”
“She took good shots,” Bell said. “She was aggressive. She asserted herself in the game.”
Sophomore Dragana Andonovski and freshman Jayden Dorrell followed Walls’ lead with two goals and one goal, respectively. Andonovski scored in the 53rdminute. Dorrell then finished a breakaway in the 58th minute. In the 67th minute, Andonovski punched in the final goal, capping what Bell considered a complete performance from the Trojans (4-2 overall, 2-1 league).
“We haven’t been real consistent about playing two good halves or playing on both sides of the ball, in terms of offense and defense,” Bell said. “So just to see that tonight is encouraging, because it shows evidence that we can do it. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue to do it.”
To McLagan, the loss was a reminder that the Wildcats (2-3, 0-1) play in what he called a “pretty tough conference.” Blue Springs’ conference foe, undefeated Lee’s Summit West, will provide a reminder of that, too, he suggested.
“Lee’s Summit West beat these guys 5-0,” McLagan said. “So where do you go from there? It’s frustrating, but it is what it is.”
McLagan, however, found a bright spot Friday.
“We competed,” he said. “I don’t think we ever gave up.”
Specifically, McLagan was pleased with how the Wildcats competed during the opening 15 minutes. But once Walls got going, they couldn’t stop her – or her teammates, he said.
“She did one little bit of magic and then another bit of magic,” McLagan said. “And then, more magic followed. ”