Perryville made quick work of their opponent on Monday. The Pirates soccer team dispatched of De Soto easily as they scored four goals in the first 10 minutes in route to an 11-0 victory in 40 minutes at the Bank of Missouri Soccer Complex.
The victory is the first for Perryville (7-2-2) in the Jefferson County Athletic Association Conference.
“This was the first conference game and we always want to do well in conference,” Perryville soccer coach Jerry Fulton said. “I only have two subs right now, so I did everything I could when it came to moving the girls back and around on the field.”
The Pirates are coming off a fourth place finish in the Hillsboro Tournament last weekend. The Pirates tied Fredericktown and St. Pius, before beating St. Clair and fell to Fox 3-2 in the third place game.
“I thought we played better as the tournament went along,” Fulton said. “But we moved so much better with the ball today and it showed on the scoreboard.”
It certainly did as Leah Buerck led the Pirates with five goals and three assists, while Carlie Holdman recorded a hat trick with three goals. Cloey Richardet scored twice and Haley Fulmer scored one goal and passed out an assist.
Kyla Schnurbusch dished out three assists, while Ashlyn Rodewald had two. Alyssa King, and Ashlynd Yamnitz each had one assist.
The Pirates didn’t score right away, but once Schnurbusch found Buerck for the first goal in the fourth minute, the flood gates opened for the Pirate offense.
Buerck found Holdman just one minute later, then she beat her defender down the sideline before the senior deposited a goal past the De Soto goalkeeper for a 3-0 lead just seven minutes in.
Not every shot went in for the Pirates as they outshot the Dragons 21-0 as a majority of the half was played in the Perryville offensive zone.
Buerck knocked in a shot off a save from the Dragon goalie, and then found Fuler for the easy tap-in tally for a 6-0 lead in the 22nd minute.
While some of the goals were easy, some were more difficult. In the 30th minute Buerck hit the post, which deflected a ball to Holdman, which she headed and hit the post. However, Holdman was there to clean it up for an easy 7-0 lead.
The mercy rule was changed to an eight goal advantage for any single game, and the Pirates reached that plateau 35 minutes into the first half, but the full half must be played for the game to be official.
That left five minutes for Perryville to tack on some more goals, which they did.
Richardet took a pair of shots from 40 yards out and tucked them neatly under the cross bar for her two tallies on the night.
“The last two or three goals were from 40 yards out and you don’t expect to get those goals,” Fulton said. “They were perfect shots,” Fulton said.
The game was most lopsided for either the boys or girls programs that Fulton could remember since the 2014 boys team beat Festus 12-0 on the way to a state title. He expects a tougher test later this week when Perryville takes on Festus, a district and conference opponent.
“We want to get comfortable on this field because we are hosting districts and hopefully this type of game where we moved so well can help us down the road,” Fulton said.