A day after blitzing Hickman Mills 10-0, William Chrisman – on the strength of hat tricks by Amy Wendleton and Kendyl Laughlin – dominated Ruskin 9-1 in their home opener Wednesday.
Another scoring barrage has left the William Chrisman girls soccer team with a 2-0 start to the season.
A day after blitzing Hickman Mills 10-0, the Bears – on the strength of hat tricks by Amy Wendleton and Kendyl Laughlin – dominated Ruskin 9-1 in their home opener Wednesday.
“The girls are excited,” Chrisman coach John Straub said of his team’s 2-0 start. “We’ve had a number of people score, and that makes it a lot easier and makes them enjoy what they’re doing.”
Laughlin scored the first two goals in the second and 16th minutes and completed her hat trick in the second half. Wendleton scored the final goal of the first half for a 4-0 halftime advantage and then notched the first two of the second half. Wendleton also added an assist in the second half
Karly Boese added a goal and an assist and Bethany Bayne and Vicki Welch added goals and Morgan Sandberg had two assists for the Bears.
“Especially considering the weather conditions, the girls had a good game,” Straub said. “It was disappointing we gave up the late goal, but it’s something we can learn from and be stronger the next time.”
William Chrisman’s junior varsity also prevailed, 3-0.
HICKMAN MILLS 3, VAN HORN 1: Inexperience and some mistakes on defense cost Van Horn in its season opener at Ruskin High School.
Bailey Rockhold scored off a Rebecca Robins assist in the third minute, but that was all the Falcons (0-1) could muster offensively.
“We’re a little inexperienced in some key positions, but I was pleased with how we passed the ball,” Van Horn coach Chris Corrie said. “But we’ve got a massive amount of improvement to make. We’ll be better next game.”
Corrie said defensive lapses were his team’s downfall. Breanna Lowry scored two goals for Hickman Mills.
“We had possession for most of the first half, but some mistakes on defense just doomed us,” he said. “But we’re trying to break in some new players who have never played the game before, so the first few games it will be a process.”
Van Horn’s junior varsity prevailed 2-1.
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 4, OAK GROVE 0: A strong game by Tara Hamilton wasn’t enough to lift Oak Grove past Excelsior Springs in the consolation bracket of the Platte County Invitational Wednesday.
“Tara had the game of the day for us,” Panthers coach Calea Bourne said. “Any chances we had (to score) was thanks to her working and finding the open person.”
Excelsior Springs scored three first-half goals – two by Kara Collins – and then hung on by limiting the Panthers to one shot on goal.
“In the first half we weren’t winning a lot of first balls,” Bourne said. “I think we weren’t used to playing in this weather; it was pouring rain. But in the second half we came back much stronger, especially attacking-wise. We switched up some positions and I think that made a difference.”
The Panthers play in the seventh-place game at 5 p.m. Friday.