The Fort Osage girls soccer team was glad to have another crack at Raytown South.

The Fort Osage girls soccer team was glad to have another crack at Raytown South.

Although the Indians defeated the Cardinals 3-0 when the Suburban Middle Seven teams met March 29, the Indians were unhappy with their performance, Indians senior midfielder Ciara Howerton recalled. But that wasn’t the case Thursday, when the Indians trounced the visiting Cardinals 8-0.

“The girls came out strong,” said Howerton, who contributed two goals and an assist Thursday. “They knew that it wasn’t going to be just a simple game. We came out and had our heads up and ready to play.”

Howerton said she felt that the Indians played with more physical intensity Thursday than they did in meeting No. 1.

“We came out for 50-50 balls a lot harder,” she said. “We were a lot more aggressive. Passes were stronger.”

Junior Paige Baumgardner, who scored three goals and contributed an assist Thursday, suggested the win was proof of the team’s progress.

“As we’ve come forward, we’re playing a lot more as a team and our passes our going together a lot better,” Baumgardner said. “And even (our) communicating (is better).”

Fort Osage coach Andrew Fletcher was pleased to see his team put together a complete game.

“What we’ve struggled with – not just against South – is (that it) seems like we get (to) halftime and decide, ‘Oh, we’d better play today,’” Fletcher said. “So the challenge today was to play from the very first minute, and I think we did a really good job of that.”

Indeed, Fort Osage (10-4-1 overall, 5-2 league) jumped out early, as Baumgardner started her hat trick by scoring in the fourth minute. Megan Ropcke followed in the 11th minute. Baumgardner finished her hat trick by scoring in the 25th and 31st minutes. Howerton then scored in the 38th and 39th minutes to give Fort Osage a 6-0 halftime lead.

Mercedes Marriott made it 7-0 Fort Osage in the 44th minute. Kassie Peters’ goal in the 68th minute finished the rout, which dropped South to 6-9 and 2-6.

Fletcher praised Fort Osage’s defensive play after the shutout.

“We do a really good job of starting our offensive stuff from the defensive side of the field,” he said. “I think (it was a) really, really good team performance tonight.”