R-S Central runs away against Chase
R-S Central's Emily McLaughlin contiued her recent tear Tuesday night at home with a four-goal performance in an 8-0 win over Chase.
McLaughlin scored her first goal less than 30 seconds into the game and completed a hat trick just 20 minutes into the contest.
"Our offense starts with McLaughlin. I think that's obvious," Central head coach Scott Rumfelt said after the win. "We even switched her around some so she probably could have had even more."
At the half the Hilltoppers owned a 4-0 lead in large part to McLaughlin's dominance with another goal in the mix by Leah King in just the third minute that put Central up 2-0 before McLaughlin's second and third goals.
The Lady Trojans were lucky to be down just four as keeper Harley Cline made a handful of impressive saves, including a sliding stop on a streaking McLaughlin just before the half.
Central kept firing out of the break as freshman midfielder Emily Wilson began her red hot second half with a strike that bounced of the left post and into the net in the 43rd minute to put Central up 5-0.
Wilson's second goal of the game came 10 minutes later from 15 yards out before she registered an assist booming a corner kick off the head off McLaughlin and into the net in the 60th minute.
"[Wilson] has the poise of a senior," Rumfelt said. "If she keeps her head on right she'll be one of the best to come through here."
Karsyn Kearns finished the scoring for Central in the 61st minute by weaving through the left side of the Chase defense before booting a shoot into the right side of the net cementing the 8-0 win.
"The passing what was nice today," Rumfelt said. "We've been working and now everyone is healthy. We haven't been this healthy since the beginning of the year."
We get Freedom Thursday and we need to beat them to have any shot at the playoffs," Rumfelt said. "After tonight's performance I wish we were playing them tonight."
After such a big win, the Hilltoppers must focus on Freedom and their final playoff push.
"The girls can enjoy this one tonight and go get their dinner at Mi Pueblito or whatever, but tomorrow we have to get back to work," Rumfelt said.
Chase finished the night without a shot on goal.
"This was a fun and relaxing game for me tonight so we had some fun with it," Rumfelt said. "Chase is going to be tough in years to come but they just have such a young team."
While Central travels to Freedom Thursday, Chase hits the road to Burns. Both games are set for 5:30 p.m.