BELTON — Jamie Boone felt like she was in soccer heaven.
In the first 22 minutes of the game, the Belton senior was able to burst through the Copperas Cove defense three times. Each time she scored, she did it in almost the same exact way.
“They played a flat back and that is just like heaven for our runs,” Boone said. “It made it easy to make the diagonal run in and it was open all day long. We practice it so much that it was like second nature for us to make that run in and that is how we got the majority of our goals on those split passes.”
Belton controlled possession and consistently was able to make runs on the Lady Bulldawgs en route to a 9-0 win Friday at Tiger Field.
“(The blowout win) shows we are head and shoulders ahead of the district and we work very hard to achieve that,” Boone said. “Even though we go out and get 9-0 wins most of the time, we put the work and dedication it takes to go very far in the playoffs.”
Belton (17-4-1, 11-0-1 8-5A) took no time taking control of the match. Boone broke free for a one-on-one with Copperas Cove goalkeeper Alex Johnson in the open field only three minutes into the game. The center midfielder fainted left, kicked right and easily put the Lady Tigers up 1-0.
Boone later added to her growing goal total, knocking one more into the net, to put Belton in front 2-0 over Cove (14-9, 6-6) in the 16th minute.
Six minutes later, she had a hat trick, out-running three Cove defenders to the ball around the 25-yard line, and sailing the ball into the upper left 90 of the goal. Boone has scored 29 goals for the Lady Tigers this season.
Ashley Winkler put Belton up 4-0 when the ball was lofted into the box in the 30th minute. When Johnson tried to make a save on it, the ball popped out of her hands and went right to Winkler’s foot for another easy goal.
Natalie Russ scored Belton’s fifth goal a minute later to officially make it rout.
“We are getting goals off the runs we are making,” Belton coach Wendy Knight said. “We possess and possess and wait for the right time for feed that ball through.”
Aubrey Martinez added two goals within a minute of each other in the second half, scoring both in the 63rd minute.
Russ scored her second goal with less than nine minutes remaining as Belton put the hurt on the Lady Dawgs as time wound down in the match. Jacey Love knocked in a free kick in the 73rd minute, stretching the Lady Tigers lead to 9-0.
“As we get closer to the playoffs we are trying to accomplish a lot more,” Knight said. “We are starting to create combinations and raise the bar. We feel we are at the point where we need separation.”