Brie Severns and the Blue Springs South girls soccer team got the season off on the right foot.
Severns scored a hat trick and Emma Robinson tallied a goal and three assists to lead the Jaguars to a 5-0 rout of Belton in the first round of the Platte County Invitational Saturday in Platte City.
The Jaguars advanced to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal against Liberty North.
Alaina Werremeyer, aided by a strong defense, had to stop only one shot to earn the shutout.
“It was a great opening game,” Blue Springs South coach Todd Findley said. “Even with limited outdoor practices due to the weather, our possession and passing game was terrific. We have a nice mix of veteran varsity talent with skilled freshman, so it was a good sign to see them combine well early.”
Robinson scored on an assist from Maddie Rosenblum and Severns scored her first goal on an assist from Mya Trober to give the Jaguars a 2-0 halftime lead.
Severns added two goals and Braylee Childers scored one – all on assists from Robinson – to cap the win for South (1-0).
GRAIN VALLEY 2, ST. PIUS X 1: Grain Valley prevailed 4-3 in the shootout to claim a season-opening victory over St. Pius X Saturday in the first round of the Platte County Invitational.
Kierra Arndorfer, Raena Childers, Kailey Larson and goalkeeper Raegan Beeding converted on their shootout attempts to lift the Eagles into today’s 5 p.m. semifinal against Staley.
“Good overall first game for this group – a lot of new faces getting their first varsity experience,” Eagles coach Tyler Nichol said. “I thought we moved the ball well, building out of the back. We still have a ways to go to get to where we want to be, but we have lots of potential with this group.”
Childers scored in the 35th minute to give Grain Valley a 1-0 lead but Sophie Cissell tied it for the Warriors in the 45th minute.
BLUE SPRINGS 2, BELTON 1: Blue Springs bounced back from an opening loss to Liberty North to advance in the consolation bracket of the Platte County Invitational.
The Wildcats fell 1-0 to Liberty North in the first round Saturday.
Kenzie Peterman and Jazzy Taylor scored second-half goals to break a scoreless halftime deadlock in Monday’s win over Belton in the consolation semifinals.
The Wildcats (1-1) advance to Wednesday’s fifth-place game against St. Pius X or Platte County.
FORT OSAGE 6, OAK PARK 0: Aliyah Ayala and Fort Osage continued their hot start Monday.
Ayala scored four goals, giving her 10 in two games, to lead the Indians to a rout of Suburban Middle Seven foe Oak Park.
Sophia Smith and Megan Lyon each added a goal as the Indians improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
“Emma Le got our player of the match for great creative midfield work tonight,” Indians coach Michael Brown said.