Senior Haley Baker's hat trick led the way for the Camdenton Lady Lakers to rout West Plains 10-0 in high school soccer Tuesday night.


Senior Haley Baker's hat trick led the way for the Camdenton Lady Lakers to rout West Plains 10-0 in high school soccer Tuesday night.

Baker notched a natural hat trick by collecting the first three goals of the match in a total of 25 minutes. She scored in the 8th minute when she drilled in a right wing cross from junior midfielder Cassie Hale on the volley. Baker struck again less than a minute later when she drove in a rebound after Miriam Taylor's shot ricocheted off the crossbar. The hat trick drew complete in the 25th minute on a quick give back from Taylor that led to a strike from seven yards out.

"Haley Baker had a great game. She set the tone," Camdenton coach J.D. Hunter said of an effort that doubled Baker's scoring total for the season.

Camdenton added goals by using crosses from the wings to set up its forwards and interior midfielders for shots. After suffering a 6-1 loss to Moberly at a tournament in Moberly over the weekend, the Lady Lakers reevaluated their offensive tactics.

"We'd been tweaking some things that we thought we were doing wrong over the weekend. We talked about getting wide and serving some stuff up," Hunter said. "We were trying to not play so direct and be smarter with the ball."

Taylor went on to score two goals and had two assists in the match. Hale also assisted on two goals. Megan Weber scored twice for the Lady Lakers and Mackenzie Manzer, Whitney Snow, and Ashleigh Paschel scored one goal apiece.

Camdenton improves to 9-3 and hosts Rolla on Thursday for an Ozark Conference game.
The Camdenton Lady Lakers didn't just beat West Plains 10-0 at home on Tuesday night. They also put a big dent in their goal of raising $2,500 to help fight cancer.

The Lady Lakers and Lady Zizzers sold special "Red Card Cancer" t-shirts before the match. The teams also played with special pink soccer balls to keep their cause of fighting cancer on the minds of everyone involved in the game. This is the second year that the girls soccer game between Camdenton and West Plains involved an anti-cancer fundraiser.