At 7-1, Mill Valley soccer earns regional recognition
The Mill Valley girls soccer team has soared to number two in the Class 5-1A Northeast Regional rankings, but that is of no consequence to Jaguars coach Arlan Vomhof.
The program recognition is nice, but the play on the field — which is where Vomhof is focused — is much nicer.
“I really don’t pay much attention to those things,” Vomhof said of the polls. “They tend to give a false sense of security to a team. If we are winning, great, but if we are losing, then we need to fix something.”
Right now there seems to be little to fix. Perhaps a bit of fine-tuning may be needed in a few areas, but the Jaguars have performed like a well-oiled machine during their first eight games. They’re 7-1, with the only loss coming April 2 at Staley (Mo.) High. In their seven victories they’ve outscored their opponents 35-4. That includes a 3-2 victory against Bishop Miege, the third-ranked team in the region, and a 2-0 shutout of Lansing, the fifth-ranked team in the region.
Mill Valley’s latest victory came Monday night at Bishop Ward where the Jaguars routed the Cyclones, 10-0, and improved to 4-0 in the Kaw Valley League.
Kaitlyn Butko and Calah Gossett each scored three goals in the victory while Jenna Wells, Carlie Howe, Alexa Mallow and Kyndra Zeigler also found the back of the net.
“I’m very pleased with how we are playing right now,” Vomhof said. “We are young, but those players are really stepping up to the challenge. We’ve had some injuries that we’ve had to work around and everyone is pitching in where it’s needed.
“I attribute our success this far to hard work and unselfish play by the entire team.”
Mill Valley next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Gardner-Edgerton. The Jaguars have another game at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Spring Hill.
Mill Valley’s game April 22 at De Soto was rained out. It has been rescheduled for May 7.