Raegan Beeding didn't have a lot of work to do Wednesday night in goal for Grain Valley.
The Eagles attacked early and often and that kept Raytown South playing defense, making it easy for Grain Valley's goalkeeper. The Eagles used a strong showing in the first half to roll in an 8-0 victory in the Class 3 District 15 title game at Moody Murry Memorial Field.
Beeding, a sophomore, posted her 13th shutout of the season and didn't face a single shot on goal in the first half. Meanwhile, the Eagles peppered Raytown South keeper Briauna Stewart with 18 shots in the opening 40 minutes.
The scoring barrage gave Grain Valley a sixth straight district title, the fourth in a row since moving to Class 3. The No. 9 state-ranked Eagles will now face No. 7-ranked Kearney May 22 in the sectional round of the state playoffs.
It is a rematch of last year's showdown in sectionals, which Kearney won.
This will be the second meeting of the year between the future Suburban Conference Blue foes and comes after the Bulldogs won 4-2 on May 7, snapping a nine-game winning streak for Grain Valley.
“It is exciting, now that we have accomplished this, we are looking forward the next match we have ahead of us because every game gets more and more important,” said Grain Valley senior Rylan Childers of moving on and facing Kearney. “We are always excited for competition. We lost to them last time. We are going to try to our best and show them what we are actually made of.”
The offense gave Grain Valley a 6-0 lead at halftime in its second straight district finals against the Cardinals. Grain Valley won last year's title game 10-0.
The Eagles (22-3-1) scored twice in a five-minute span early to set the tone. Rylan Childers off a header, incidentally off a header by Haley Hunter, in the 7th minute.
Five minutes later, Childers, a UMKC signee, scored her second goal.
An infraction against the Cardinals (9-10) just outside the goalie box set up Marissa Schmitt's direct free kick goal in the 23rd minute.
The Eagles scored twice in the final 6 minutes of the first half to expand the advantage to 6-0. Childers curled in a shot from about 25 yards away in the 34th minute that snuck past Stewart near the right post.
That gave Childers her 63rd goal of the season, as she continues to break her school record for a single season.
With 5 seconds — on the field score clock — senior Kailey Boyer scored for Grain Valley.
“We were a little lackluster yesterday, lacking energy and came out flat,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said. “We talked about regardless of what the score was, string together passes and possess the ball better. We did that and the attitudes were a lot more positive.”
Boyer added her second goal two minutes into the second half. Childers provided the assist on both of Boyer's goals.
Nicole Herder was taken down inside the goalie box in the 57th minute and Grain Valley had Kameryn Drollinger take the free kick. She blasted it to the right of a diving Stewart for an 8-0 lead.
As for Beeding, she didn't face a shot in the second half either.