• Eagles quickly vanquish rival

  • When Nathalia Barr scored a goal just 58 seconds into Tuesday’s game with Missouri River Valley Conference rival Oak Grove, the message was loud and clear.

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  • When Nathalia Barr scored a goal just 58 seconds into Tuesday’s game with Missouri River Valley Conference rival Oak Grove, the message was loud and clear.
    Game on!
    The Eagles went on to dominate all phases of the game as sophomore Reighan Childers scored a career-high four goals to lead Grain Valley to a 10-0 mercy victory over the Panthers at Grain Valley High School.
    “When we scored that quick goal we knew it was going to be our night,” Barr said. “Last night we lost to (Notre Dame de) Sion 1-0 in double overtime, which was good, since they beat us 9-0 two years ago, but we were still upset and disappointed we didn't win.
    “We know that Oak Grove is kind of down this year, and we wanted to come out and play a complete game, and I think we did.”
    Eagles goalkeeper Darby Scharfenkamp recorded one of the easiest shutouts in Grain Valley history as she did not face a shot the entire game. Oak Grove got the ball past midfield just two times.
    “At the half I asked (our scorekeeper) if Darby had touched the ball,” Grain Valley coach Aleana Balistreri said after her team improved to 4-4 overall (with two of those losses to large schools Notre Dame de Sion and Blue Springs, her alma mater) and 1-1 in conference play.
    “You see 10-0 and think about all the offense, but the defense did an outstanding job, too. And we had a lot of players in there at the end who hadn't played a lot of varsity minutes, so everyone can take a lot of pride in this victory.”
    Following’s Barr’s blast, Childers began her career-best night with a goal in the fourth minute.
    “Nathalia set the tone with her early goal,” said Childers, who finished with four goals on just seven shots. “We wanted to be aggressive and play a good game because we were disappointed we lost last night and (Oak Grove) is our big rival.
    “This was a good overall game.”
    Childers added her second goal in the 20th minute. She recorded the hat trick on a second-half penalty kick in the 52nd minute and capped the big night with her fourth goal just a minute later.
    “It's my first high school hat trick – I think,” Childers said, grinning. “I don't really think about personal goals or statistics. I just want to help the team get better every game and win every game.
    “If I score, that helps us win, so it's important to score.”
    In all, seven different Eagles scored goals. Joining Barr and Childers were Devan Fairfield, Kali Carson and Sam Berg, who all scored in the first half.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sydney Holcomb scored the first goal of the second half and Sianna Aumua brought the game to an early conclusion with the Eagles’ final goal that invoked the 10-goal mercy rule.
    Oak Grove goalkeeper Kelsey Swearngin faced the 27-shot onslaught.
    “We wanted to be aggressive and play well the entire game,” Balistreri said. “This team has come such a long way in a very short period of time.”
    Barr backed that comment.
    “When you think that two years ago we lost to Sion 9-0, and last night we lost 1-0 in double overtime,” the junior midfielder said, “and tonight we go out and win 10-0. We're playing our best soccer of the season and we think we can get better.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC

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