Sarah Franklin and Kristi Blau are the top two goal scorers in the history of the Truman High School girls soccer program, so it should come as no surprise that both Franklin and Blau found the net in the Patriots’ 7-0 win over rival and Suburban Big Six conference foe William Chrisman Friday night at Truman.
Sarah Franklin and Kristi Blau are the top two goal scorers in the history of the Truman High School girls soccer program.
So it should come as no surprise that both Franklin and Blau found the net in the Patriots’ 7-0 win over rival and Suburban Big Six conference foe William Chrisman Friday night at Truman.
“It was fun,” Blau said. “It’s always good to beat Chrisman. Always. I think a lot of the girls were nervous – and we didn’t have a lot of good touches – but we still came out and won.”
What really had the Patriots talking – and to some extent the Patriot fans in attendance – was the play of freshmen Amber Young and Shayla Jochum.
On a team that features a dozen seniors, Young, Jochum and freshman cohort Sandra Chiles have all been instrumental in the Patriots’ first two victories of the season.
Chiles had an assist in Truman’s 6-1 season-opening win Wednesday over Raytown and, on Friday, Young and Jochum each scored a goal, the first goals of their young high school careers.
“It was great for them,” Truman head coach Bryan Schmitt said of Young and Jochum. “Anytime you can get them to get involved, it takes a little pressure off of them because they’re pushing so hard to get that first goal to get going so they can feel a part of it.
“Two of ’em got it tonight. You can see the smile on their faces and that’s what makes it worth it. It’s supposed to be fun, and they had fun tonight.”
The fun started for Truman just 47 seconds into the game as Young scored a goal on a pass from Franklin. Blau then scored on a feed from Franklin in the eighth minute and Jochum added a goal 10 minutes later as Truman took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
“Truman has an excellent team,” William Chrisman head coach John Straub said. “Hopefully for us we can use this as a great learning step that we need to come out and be a little more mentally ready and play a little harder.
“More than anything … I think we were a little bit intimidated of Truman at the beginning of the game and that just made matters worse that they came off and put that pressure on us.”
Truman, 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference, applied more pressure on the Bears after the break as Blau scored her second goal of the game in the 42nd minute and Amy Soto, on a feed from Franklin, scored nine minutes later to put Truman up 5-0.
After Nikki Lucas’ laser beam shot found the net in the 63rd minute, Franklin closed out the scoring in the 68th minute when she outraced the Bears’ defense and pushed a one-on-one shot past Chrisman goalkeeper Jeanette Rodriguez.
Franklin finished the night with one goal and three assists.
“I was so glad a lot of people got to score tonight, especially our freshmen,” Franklin said. “It was great. I thought it was a good teamwork game.”
Straub said he would give his team a three-day break before Monday’s Big Six home game against Winnetonka after a week that saw the Bears, 2-1 and 0-1 in conference, win two of three games.
“They’re a little banged up right now,” Straub said. “They’d probably enjoy a couple of days off.”