Mill Valley too much for BSHS girls soccer team
SHAWNEE — With the entire Mill Valley girls soccer team wearing floppy white hats while walking out onto the pitch, coach Arlan Vomhof could do nothing but smile.
Vomhof wears a floppy white hat to many of the games, but the girls decided to poke a little fun at their coach in the senior night game.
The smiles continued throughout the game as the Jaguars dominated the Bonner Springs Braves 8-0 on Tuesday at Mill Valley High School.
For the first 20 minutes, Mill Valley struggled with Bonner Springs’ trap defense, but finally broke through when junior McKenzie Koch cleaned up a cross from junior Hayley Seibel.
“Once we started getting in a better groove and moving the ball, people were opening up and they were make the routes they were needing to make,” Vomhof said.
The Braves worked hard on keeping possessions, but the pressure from the Jaguar defense proved to be too much.
“They’re a great team and we just wanted to come in and try to compete with them,” Bonner Springs coach Mike Moulin said.
Although the Braves (7-7-1) have lost six starters this season, the team continues to fight through the injuries and be competitors leading into next week’s regional competition.
“We’ll be working on our runs up top and working on settling on the ball and making passes to their feet,” Moulin said.
Bonner Springs continues to see new girls step up, with junior Tess Newberry leading the back line.
“Our defense has been stepping up because of that’s where majority of our losses was this year,” Moulin said.
The defensive effort was there, but Mill Valley’s execution was too great.
The Jaguars tacked on three goals in an 80-second span to extend the lead from one to four by the end of the first half.
Senior Kelsey Wakefield — who finished with a hat trick — netted two of the three goals in the opening half.
Junior Kayla Hamner also showed off her passing and scoring ability throughout the game. She notched a goal of her own in the final 40 minutes while passing a couple of assists out.
“She controls our midfield very well, Vomhof said. “She dishes the ball and puts the ball at people’s feet. She’s a great distributor. She does a great job of finishing when she needs to.”
With a third-straight Kaw Valley League title clinched, Vomhof is really excited about this group and what it can achieve before the end of the season.
“These girls come out every day and work so well,” he said. “A lot of them have been around three or four seasons and the new girls coming in this year have really added and helped the program. They just work really well. They’ve got a great work ethic.”
Now the Jaguars face the last hurdle that they’ve struggled to get over since the program’s inception in 2000: a state tournament appearance.
Vomhof is confident this group’s ability, but just has to see what happens.
“They’re a fun group and they’ve worked hard the last couple of years, but that’s thing about high school postseason, anything can happen,” he said.