William Chrisman girls soccer coach John Straub saw no fight in his team during Thursday’s 10-0 shellacking by undefeated Raytown.

William Chrisman girls soccer coach John Straub saw no fight in his team during Thursday’s 10-0 shellacking by undefeated Raytown.

“We’re a much better team,” Straub said after the Suburban Middle Seven loss at Ted Chittwood Stadium in Raytown. “We just have to find that will to pick (it) up another notch and challenge for every single ball or challenge for the space, whatever it might be.”

Jordyn Atagi, Chrisman’s starting keeper, said the Bears “fought at the beginning,” but then “just kind of gave up.” Specifically, they gave up on 50-50 balls, she suggested.

“The 50-50 balls have got to get better,” Atagi said. “When we see one, we have to have the fight to go for it.”

Over the next few days, it’s Straub’s job to “find a way to get the fight in them to come out and be ready to take on Winnetonka and North Kansas City next week,” he said.

For the Bears (1-2, 0-1 conference) to have a collective competitive fire, personal responsibility is key, according to Atagi.

“You have to be able to light your own fire underneath your own butt,” she said. “You’ve got to be able to go for it. You have to want to win the whole entire game, whether you’re down by six or up by six.”

However, Raytown coach Roger Burriss saw a different Chrisman team than the one Straub and Atagi described.

“They fought the whole way,” Burriss said.

To Burriss, the outcome wasn’t because of a letdown on Chrisman’s part, but rather, because of sound execution by his own squad.

“We hit our passes and people were making runs off the ball,” he said.

A four-goal performance from Jessica Herrman helped, too. The senior forward gave Raytown the opening lead by poking in a low shot in the eighth minute. She scored again in the 10th and 11th minutes to give the Blue Jays a three-goal lead.

Melanie Southworth finished a deflected ball in the 13th minute to make it 4-0 Blue Jays. Herrman then scored her final goal in the 35th minute. Chelsea Fournier slipped through a shot in the 37th minute to help Raytown lead 6-0 at halftime.

“When you have six goals at half, it’s hard to come back,” Atagi said.

The Blue Jays (7-0, 2-0) scored two goals during the first 10 minutes of the second half to further diminish Chrisman’s hopes of coming back. Timeka O’Neil lined in a goal in the 63rd minute to make it 9-0. Chrissy Shireman’s goal in the 64th minute gave Raytown the 10-goal spread required to end the contest.