The biggest question for the St. James girls soccer team entering the season was how they would replace the scoring output of graduate Quinn Paulus. If their opening game against Dixon on Thursday, Mar. 21 is any indication, they'll be just fine. The Lady Tigers got a mercy rule win to kick off their season, cruising to a 12-2 victory.
Ashlyn Rinehart started the scoring charge early for St. James, scoring an unassisted goal in the third minute. Mikaela Donnelly picked up from there, scoring three goals in the span of five minutes. The first came off an assist from Alyssa Rinehart in the 12th minute, followed by an unassisted goal in the 15th minute, before a goal off a pass from Aly Bullock in the 17th minute. Senior Valerie Frayer added a goal of her own in the 30th minute, before Donnelly knocked one more in in the 34th minute. St. James went into the half with a commanding 6-0 lead.
Dixon was able to score twice in the second half, but that didn't slow down St. James. Bullock opened the second half scoring with a goal four minutes into the half off an assist from Alyssa Rinehart. She followed that up with another goal in the 50th minute, again assisted by Alyssa Rinehart. Shelby Quick added another goal a minute later, before Sam Siber netted her first goal of the season in the 56th minute off an assist from Quick. Quick added another goal in the 63rd minute off an assist from Sam Bolte, before Ashlyn Rinehart finished off the mercy rule 12-2 win with her second goal of the game.
Ivy Fowler got the start in goal for St. James, recording six saves in the victory. One of her two goals allowed came on a penalty kick.
"The girls are tough as a unit and play well together," said assistant coach Beau Moreland. "Today was all about passing the ball and creating opportunities to score. It was an offensive day, but our young defense played extremely well for their first time out. We have small adjustments to make looking forward. It's also nice to see multiple girls finding the back of the net!"
St. James followed up the win with a trip to Crocker on Friday, but results were not available at press time. The Lady Tigers will then have the week off for Spring Break, before facing off against Belle on Tuesday, April 2.