A strong wind helped put the Van Horn girls soccer team behind the eight ball.

Grain Valley’s passing and communication put the game away.

A strong wind helped put the Van Horn girls soccer team behind the eight ball.
Grain Valley’s passing and communication put the game away.
Behind Ashley Bundren’s five first-half goals, visiting Grain Valley built a 6-0 halftime lead on the way to an 11-1 win Monday at William Chrisman High School.
Bundren’s five goals – including the first four of the game before Katelyn Barr scored a goal of her own – mainly came off the same play, which involved Bundren stealing a pass from Van Horn, going in untouched and scoring.
“We knew the kicks would be short,” Bundren said. “The teams we’ve been playing lately haven’t been kicking the ball far.”
Also helping Bundren and the Eagles was a strong wind in the face of Van Horn – in addition to the sun.
“Every time we kicked the ball, it came back at us,” Van Horn forward Rebecca Robins said.
After the Eagles went up 6-0 at halftime, Robins and the Falcons (2-1) appeared to be on the way back, as she stole a pass and scored an unassisted goal in the third minute of the second half.
But the passing and communication of Grain Valley negated the strong wind.
The Eagles (3-1) answered with five straight goals – including three from Amy Galloway – to give the Eagles their third straight win.
“That felt so good,” Galloway said of her hat trick, which included her first goal of the season. “I’ve been trying so long, that to get three is just amazing.
“It just feels great. Ashley is such an amazing player. If something happens, I hope we can step up and take some goals as well.”
Eagles coach Aleana Cavalluzzi said she was more impressed with her team’s five goals against the wind than the six first-half goals.
“At halftime, we talked about passing more,” she said. “In the first half, we played a lot of kickball. When they pass the ball, it’s such a difference. They don’t realize how different they are when they pass the ball.”
Bundren said the three straight wins are a reflection of how hard the entire team is playing.
“These girls, several of them this is their first time ever playing,” she said. “Everyone’s playing great, and it’s showing in our record.”
While the Eagles now have a three-game winning streak, the Falcons suffered their first loss of the year.
Coach Chris Corrie said his team – which was missing several players – played flat.
“When we don’t play with 100 percent passion and commitment and don’t go after 50/50 balls, this is going to happen to us,” he said.
In addition to Bundren, Galloway and Barr, Jessica Redmon and Alex Martin each scored a goal for the Eagles.