William Chrisman girls soccer coach John Straub started seeing “a lot of really good things” during Chrisman’s 10-0 win Thursday over visiting Ruskin.

William Chrisman girls soccer coach John Straub started seeing “a lot of really good things” during Chrisman’s 10-0 win Thursday over visiting Ruskin.

“Hopefully, this is a game that we’ll be able to continue to improve on and get ready for next Thursday’s game,” said Straub, whose club will face Winnetonka Monday and then Raytown next Thursday.

Specifically, the Bears (1-1) “became more patient offensively” during the first half of the non-conference matchup, Straub commented. Bears midfielder Kendyl Laughlin, however, saw improvement during the second half, which was shortened because of the mercy rule.

“I think that we started working the ball better toward the end of the second half,” said Laughlin, who scored two first-half goals.  

On the other hand, senior midfielder Mariah Wheaton said that the Bears “came out a lot stronger” than they did in their season-opening loss to Oak Park Tuesday. Chrisman’s performance fueled Wheaton’s optimism about the rest of the season.

“I really think we can be really good,” said Wheaton, who also scored two first-half goals. “(We) have a lot of talent and (are putting in) hard work. So, hopefully, it all pays off.”

Chrisman’s persistent attack paid off Thursday with seven first-half goals. Senior defender Vicki Welch scored the first by blasting in a free kick in the 14th minute. Laughlin then finished a penalty kick in the 20th minute.

“I just thought about where I wanted to put the ball before I shot and tried to get it in the back of the net,” Laughlin said.

Laughlin made it 3-0 Chrisman by booting in a shot in the 22nd minute. Wheaton then scored the first of her two goals by winning a challenge inside Ruskin’s 18-yard box in the 34th minute. She booted in her next goal in the 35th minute.

Freshman forward Alyssa Kyle scored in the 36th minute and finished a crossing pass in the 38th minute to give Chrisman its seven-goal halftime lead.

Sophomore defender Kylie Gillpatrick poked in a shot in the 42nd minute to make it 8-0 Chrisman. Junior midfielder Karly Boese dribbled deep into the Ruskin box and finished a shot in the 45th minute. Senior defender Rachel Snow scored in the 57th minute to cover the spread and cap an evening that allowed that allowed the Bears to hone elements of their game.    

“Tonight, I think we slowed it down, and we were trying to pass to feet and drop it back and just kind of work on everything,” Wheaton said. “I think we did well. At first, not so much.”    

There are still some areas that need work, according to Straub.

“Our touch (on the ball) can always get better and our speed of play (needs improvement),” he said. “We’re doing a lot of good things. We just need to make it happen a little bit quicker.”