Camdenton has beaten Richland and Stover each 10-0. Offense clicking early this season for Lady Lakers.
Before the season had started, Camdenton High School girls’ soccer coach J.D. Hunter was already worried.
Injuries and slightly lower-than-expected numbers had left him questioning his team’s depth.
But in the first game of the season against Richland last Wednesday, Danielle Brooks gave Hunter some room to breathe.
The sophomore came off the bench and scored three goals as Camdenton dominated Richland 10-0.
“That was huge,” Hunter said. “I was concerned about our depth and how we would hold up.”
Hunter’s three goals led Camdenton and three other players added two each.
“(Danielle) is a really aggressive player,” Hunter said. “She comes out ready to play in practice and really gives us a spark.”
Cassie Hale and Ashley Paschel each had two goals and one assist while Abbey Herfurth delivered a goal in the win. Haley Baker and Chelsey VanHook each added two assists.
The Lady Lakers also got a lift from another young player as freshman Miriam Taylor scored twice in her first career start.
Hunter said the first few weeks of the season can be a growing process. Specifically, Camdenton’s aiming for improved restarts and better corner kicks.
“Each match you see the team get smarter and play better together,” he said. “We’re in pretty good shape conditioning wise and we have an understanding of where we need to be as a team.”
Camdenton 10, Stover 0
The Camdenton High School girls’ soccer team took care of business against Class 1 Stover on Monday, winning in dominating fashion 10-0.
The Lady Lakers wasted no time in taking control of the match, scoring 50 seconds in when junior Ashleigh Paschel made a header off a pass from Cassie Hale.
Paschel finished with four goals, tying her for the single-game school record. Haley Baker added four assists, also tying a single-game record.
"We were pleased with the win but we realize that we did not play as efficiently as we wanted to and we missed quite a few good looks at the goal,”?Hunter said. “Obviously, Paschel was on fire and did a great job finding the back of the net, but in order for us to be successful, we have to be more consistent in knocking the ball on frame during shots. It's something we can work on and I'm certain we'll get things figured out."
Scheduled games last week versus Columbia Hickman at home (Thursday) and at Marshfield (Friday) were rained out.
The Hickman game will now be played on April 14. The Marshfield game has been rescheduled to May 7.
Hunter said the cancer “white out” fundraiser scheduled for the Hickman home game on March 25 will now take place when Hillcrest visits on April 6.
It’s also Camdenton’s Ozark Conference opener.