That was one word that came to mind for Blue Springs South girls soccer coach Todd Findley and a pair of his players following a 5-1 win over Park Hill South in the Blue Springs South Tournament Thursday at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium.
The team came off a disappointing 3-2 loss against Park HIll Tuesday, one day after claiming the No. 10 spot in the Missouri High School Coaches Soccer Association Class 4 state poll.
“I don’t know whether it was the 4 p.m. start or if it was because of ACT testing that day but we looked like we were napping out there,” Findley said of Tuesday’s loss. “Tonight, the focus was redemption. We wanted to prove ourselves tonight.”
Prove themselves indeed.
It only took 22 seconds to get things started. After a couple of passes near midfield, Nina Stine received a long pass on the right side of the Panther penalty box and crossed it to Mallory Kroencke, who tucked one in past goalkeeper Haley Mills for a 1-0 lead.
“This game was for redemption and we got redemption,” Kroencke said.
That goal was just part of the early statement the Jaguars made.
Sophomore Kayla Brashear was on a breakaway and sent a centering pass to a streaking senior Sarah Freiermuth, who scooted the ball past a pair of defenders and the goalkeeper who were up in the box for a 2-0 edge.
A few minutes later, Senior Sydney Sharkey was dribbling the ball toward the penalty box and lost control of it. Luckily for her, Brashear was the quickest to the 50-50 ball and booted the ball in mid bounce into the net for a third Jaguar goal.
And no Jaguar game seems to be complete without a goal from Nina Stine. It was one of the ridiculous variety. She was near the right sideline when she did a stutter-step, then unleashed a pseudo-sliding kick that was blasted inside the left goalpost in the 34th minute to essentially erase any doubt about the outcome of the game with her 19th goal of the season.
“There are a couple of boys who are on the boys soccer team that help us manage and they were in awe of that kick,” Findley said. “One of them said he couldn’t have made that shot. Her kicks are so powerful, it’s ridiculous.”
Those type of goals are things her teammates are accustomed to.
“She really knows how to get around the ball under any condition,” Brashear said.
Added Kroencke: “Nina always seems to come up with interesting ways to strike the ball. She is so strong and can kick it in from anywhere.”
Tori Findley capped the scoring for the Jaguars in the 76th minute with a goal off a rebound following a direct free kick from Peri Rainey.
The Panthers scored with 2:14 left when Meghan Jones put in a cross from Ryanne Serrone-Brown. It was their first shot on goal in the game compared to 15 for the host team.
“It was disappointing that we lost the shutout but we worked hard and played really well,” Todd Findley said. “We haven’t been state-ranked in a really long time, so that’s really exciting for us.”