On Van Horn’s Senior Night, crosstown rival William Chrisman played the spoiler in Thursday’s girls soccer match.
Despite not playing up to par in the first half, the Bears got a hat trick from senior forward Tierra Lopez and cruised to a 5-0 victory in the regular season finale.
“I thought in the first half that we were a little sloppy, but I was happy with how we came out and played in the second half,” Chrisman coach John Straub said.
Chrisman was in control from start to finish as it dominated possession and held an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal.
It didn’t take long for the Bears to get started as Lopez knocked in a shot with her hip off a corner kick from Katie Laughlin for a 1-0 lead.
In the seventh minute, Laughlin sent a direct free kick from 50 yards out deep inside Van Horn’s penalty box. Lopez then tucked in a close-range shot past Van Horn goalkeeper Vivian DeAvila to make it 2-0.
“Tierra is such a smart soccer player,” Straub said. “She just seems to find space and knows where to be. She’s very crafty and soccer intelligent.”
Although Lopez ended up with the hat trick, junior midfielder Kayli Perez might have had the most impressive goal of the night. She drilled a shot from about 30 yards out that appeared it was going to go wide right of the goal. However, the shot curved inside the post and hit the back of the net as Chrisman took a commanding 3-0 lead into halftime.
“Honestly, I am not good at shooting,” Perez said. “So, I just kind of shot, and I was like, ‘Wow! I really made that!’ I’ve never done that.”
Lopez completed her hat trick early in the second half when she received a through ball from freshman forward Emma Gervy and knocked in yet another close-range shot.
Gervy completed the scoring when she drilled a kick from the far left side of the field inside the far post in the 57th minute, putting an exclamation point on a blowout win.
“Chrisman does very well at possessing,” Van Horn coach Vanessa Brockmeier said. “We change up our formation to go up against what they were doing. We just couldn’t finish tonight.”
Chrisman goalkeeper Karina Vela notched four saves, including a close-range shot she blocked after diving to the ground.
The Bears (16-3) put the finishing touches on one of the best regular seasons in program history. They will go into the Class 4 District 14 tournament with plenty of momentum, having won six out of their last seven games. They will take on Blue Springs in the first round at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.
“It’s going to be a very challenging game,” Straub said. “Their schedule has been very difficult and they are going to be battle-tested. We’re going to have to pick up our game and be ready for them.”
Added Perez: “I am not worried. I think we want it more. We want another shot at Fort. We’re pretty pumped.”
Van Horn (9-9) is on an opposite trend, having lost its last five games. The Falcons will play Marshall at 7 p.m. Monday in the Class 3 District 15 tournament.
“We’re very similar to Marshall by looking at who they played,” Brockmeier said. ‘We played two of the same teams and the results were the game. I am excited to see what they come out with.”