Raymore-Peculiar shut out St. Mary’s (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 7-0 for fifth place in bracket A of the Heart of America Tournament held April 6 at Lee’s Summit West.
The Panthers took half of the the first period to get going, but started with a goal by sophomore forward Keely Braun off an assist from junior midfielder Baylie Edwards at the 24:57 minute mark. Just a few seconds later, Raymore-Peculiar scored again, from another goal by Braun, this time assisted by freshman forward Paxton Wheatherly.
Raymore-Peculiar continued a few minutes later with an unassisted goal by junior forward Vanessa Mann to lead 3-0. And with just 10 minutes left in the first half, freshman defender Abbi Brown made a corner kick to Wheatherly, who kicked it in the air to freshman midfielder Adreanna Miller, who headed it into the goal to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Panthers scored three more goals, two from Edwards and one from Wheatherly to seal the victory.
“From Thursday to Saturday it was a real learning experience,” Raymore-Peculiar head coach Jason Watermann said. “I think the girls figured out if you come out flat any team you play will come out and show that weakness of your team. By Saturday the team opened up with intensity and never took their foot off the gas pedal.”
In the first round April 4, Union (Tulsa, Okla.) defeated Raymore-Peculiar 4-0. But the Panthers fought back in the semifinals April 5, taking down Denver East 3-2 in two overtimes. All three goals were scored by Edwards.
After the tournament, Raymore-Peculiar has a 4-2 record.