SM Northwest girls soccer gets back on track
OVERLAND PARK — It was a recovery match to say the least for the SM Northwest girls soccer team.
After a disappointing 8-0 loss to Olathe East earlier in the week, the Cougars took a few steps forward Thursday with a 10-0 victory over Leavenworth.
“We wanted to try to use this as a bounce back game,” Boren said. “For us it was a chance for us to correct the things we were doing wrong.”
After a few early opportunities around the net, sophomore Mikala Modiri struck a nice ball with her left foot that landed in the bottom corner of the goal to give SM Northwest (6-5) the early 1-0 lead.
Moments later, the Cougars were awarded a free kick in the box. From there, senior midfielder Jessica Johnson took advantage of the opportunity and knocked the ball into the top right portion of the post to put them up 2-0.
Johnson is one of the key leaders for this year’s team and made sure the Cougars got back on track after a disappointing loss.
“We had to look at that game, see what we needed to improve on and come out strong and compete. I think we did well, “ Johnson said.
Later in the first half, junior forward Meghan Haun netted two goals of her own, extending Northwest’s lead out to 4-0 lead. With such an impressive offensive arsenal, the Cougars realize their offensive attack is the strength in order for them to move on into the postseason.
“When they’re on, they knock it around well,” Boren said. “The flip side is, against Olathe East we were really bad. We need to find a sense of consistency of wanting to win and bring that to the table every single game.”
SM Northwest tacked on another goal right before the end of the half when Modiri tacked on her second goal of the day and the fifth for her team. With just under a minute to play, the Cougars added one more when sophomore forward Tory Devonshire scored another goal. Devonshire is a player that’s moved up the ranks at SM Northwest and is now making an impact at the varsity level, too.
“When she’s on her game, she brings a spark and an energy on the outside, “ Boren said.
During the second half of the game, Johnson opened up in a similar fashion to the first 40 minutes with a long strike a few strides outside the box that floated up onto the left portion of the goal, giving the Cougars a 7-0 advantage.
Later on in the final 35 minutes, Devonshire headed in her second goal of the night off a direct kick, extending the lead to eight.
SM Northwest added two more goals before finally ending the game prior to the allotted time at the 10-0 mercy rule mark. With a convincing win, Boren hopes the Cougars will continue to improve and have more games like this one.