Mill Valley rolls by Tonganoxie on road
Four Jaguars score twice in mercy-rule shutout
Tonganoxie When Mill Valley High’s girls soccer team squared off against Tonganoxie last season, the Jaguars clung to a one-goal lead at halftime. This time around, though, they erased any doubt almost immediately.
Coach Arlan Vomhof's group control with two goals in the first 2:55 and sprinted to a 10-0 victory.
"We had two physical games last week against Olathe North and Staley," Vomhof said. "To be able to put the ball on the ground and move without getting hammered every time we touched it was a little nicer for the girls."
The Jaguars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as senior Lauren Gibson got the ball by Tonganoxie goalkeeper Emma Stilgenbauer just 1:12 into the first half. Sophomore Abby Sieperda doubled the deficit with a goal of her own at the 37:05 mark, and the rout was on.
Gibson and Sieperda were two of four Jaguars to score two goals each. Senior Kelsey Wakefield and junior Mackenzie Conklin joined them.
"It's nice that we had a lot of different people put the ball in the back of the net," Vomhof said. "We're not relying on one or two people to do everything for us. It's nice that they kind of shared the wealth and passed it around."
Wakefield got in on the scoring next, cashing in twice in less than 30 seconds. Sieperda, Conklin and Kayla Hamner followed that up with one goal each to make it 7-0 with 8:47 left.
Stilgenbauer didn't allow another ball by her in the period, but the Chieftains failed to cut into the deficit.
THS, which has just one goal in its first four games, struggled to find scoring opportunities. The Jaguars kept the ball on the Chieftains' side of the field for the majority of the contest.
"That definitely killed us," Chieftain coach Justin Seever said. "We're already having trouble scoring, then when the ball is on our half, we were morally defeated at that point."
Alyssa Miller took over goalkeeping duties for Stilgenbauer in the second half, but Tonganoxie couldn't prevent the mercy-rule shutout. Mill Valley junior Carlie Howe scored with 38:20 remaining, and Gibson followed suit less than seven minutes later. Conklin ended the game with her second goal at the 23:58 mark.
The Jaguars will try to keep the momentum in their favor when they play host to Bishop Miege at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.
"We'll come together (Tuesday) and talk about some things that we maybe could have done a little bit better today," Vomhof said. "(Wednesday's game) is at our place, so it will be a little slower-paced game."