Chloe Hinchcliffe scored six goals and added a pair of assists as Daviess County rolled to a 10-0 home victory over Owensboro in Tuesday’s 9th District girls’ soccer opening night.
All 10 goals were assisted for the Lady Panthers, and Hinchcliffe said it was a good way to start off district play.
“I think we did really good, especially for our district opener,” she said. “We usually do well when pass and move, and we tend to do that a lot so it worked out really well.”
Daviess County (2-0, 1-0 9th District) dominated possession throughout the night and used a steady, even attack to pull away from the Lady Devils (0-1) early. Hinchcliffe said working in unison allows the team to threaten from all areas of the field.
“Basically we just made diagonal runs and we combined with our midfield,” she said. “It usually works out really well when we all work together and communicate.”
Hinchcliffe scored the first four goals of the night. Assists came from Elizabeth Collier, Tori Beth Baylis, Morgan Lucas and Meredith Campbell. After a long stretch without a score, Baylis set up a goal by Sophie Jagoe for a 5-0 lead with 10:51 left in the half.
Ashlyn Payton added a goal with an assist from Hinchcliffe, who quickly added her fifth score on an assist by Campbell for a 7-0 halftime lead.
The Lady Panthers ended the game quickly in the second half, starting with Hinchcliffe’s final goal of the night off a pass from Avery McNeiley. Kenlee Newcom punched in back-to-back scores with assists from Payton and Hinchcliffe for the 10-0 final.
“I think we all play together — I don’t think anyone on this team is selfish,” Newcom said. “Chloe had six goals, but it was all a team effort.”
Like several teammates, Newcom plays various positions on the field. With so many different threats who can play offense and defense, Newcom thinks the Lady Panthers could have a successful season.
“I think playing a variety of positions helps,” she said. “I think it always helps to have a bunch of different people doing a bunch of different things to all help achieve one goal.”
Daviess County returns to action Saturday as hosts of the DC Classic. They play Elizabethtown at 9 a.m. and Muhlenberg County at 4:30 p.m. Owensboro stays on the road for a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting with Lyon County.