The Atchison High School girls soccer team annihilated the visiting Schlagle Stallions on Wednesday, putting the game well out of reach before halftime only to pile it on some more for a final score of 10-0.
Ayden Saunders, who recorded her second hat trick game in a row, scored within the first 30 seconds of the game without assistance. The defenders around her cleared a lane and Saunders obliged with a strike onto the ball from the side, resulting in an explosive impact into the back of the net. Mattie Dougherty followed up on it three minutes later on a corner from team captain Kadejah Ross to make the score 2-0.
The Lady Red kept the ball on their side of the field for virtually the entire half, and AHS goalkeeper Veronica Dill went the whole game without having to make a save. Saunders achieved her second score on a lofty soft from the righthand side of the penalty box into the corner.
Before 15 minutes had elapsed, AHS struck again, with Kadejah Ross executing a curvaceous corner into the immediate vicinity of the goal line. Dougherty thought she knocked it in from there, but the officials ruled it an own goal on Schagle, the corner having bounced up from the ground, off a visiting player’s knee and in to make it 4-0.
Hannah Deware struck for the first time this season in the 24th minute, before Kendall Ross followed suit just before halftime, lobbing the ball into the net from a dead-center distance. After the half, Saunders again took immediate control of the ball and scored her third and final goal within less than a minute, making it 7-0.
Kadejah Ross supported Dougherty in a second official goal. By this time, Schalagle had few options but to kick the ball out of bounds to slow the inexorable pace of AHS scoring. One of these moves set up Kadejah on the corner, and her sister Kendall nailed the cross into the net. Finally, Aubrey Busenbarrick scored just before the end of regulation.
AHS, 3-2-1, moves on to face Tonganoxie at 6 p.m. Monday, April 15.