By RICK PETERSON
Hayden's girls soccer team doesn't always get things off to a quick start, but the Wildcats have a knack of picking up steam as the game rolls along.
That was the case again Monday as Hayden overcame a slow start to take a 9-0 home Centennial League victory over Junction City.
The Blue Jays held the Wildcats, who improved to 6-2, scoreless for more than 27 minutes at the start of the game, but Hayden scored three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 33 seconds to take a 3-0 lead at halftime and then dominated the second half to turn the game into a rout.
"Sometimes they need some direction and I think that's partly because of the fact that they're young,'' Hayden coach Klaus Kreutzer said. "I don't have any problem with their work. Their work ethic is good, it's just their decision-making that we're really working on.
"When we do a little bit better we're making a little bit better decisions.''
Freshman Jill Lenherr scored the only goal the Wildcats would need with 12:48 left in the first half and sophomore Jenessa Broxterman scored 1:55 later and sophomore Sloane Sims added Hayden's final goal of the half 38 seconds after Broxterman's goal for a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Junior Kate Roeder boosted Hayden's lead to 5-0 with two goals over the first 8:53 of the second half and Lenherr scored two more goals to finish with a three-goal hat trick while Sims and Broxterman added their second goals of the contest.
Lenherr was credited with a pair of assists while Sims, Broxterman and junior Natalie McElroy also had assists.
Senior Rhen Calhoon and senior Olivia Schmitz combined for the shutout in goal for the Wildcats.
Hayden will return to action Thursday, traveling to St. James Academy for a non-league game.
HAYDEN 9, JUNCTION CITY 0
Junction City 0 0 -- 0
Hayden 3 6 -- 9
Hayden -- Goals: Jill Lenherr 3, Kate Roeder 2, Sloane Sims 2, Jenessa Broxterman 2. Assists: Jill Lenherr 2, Sloane Sims, Natalie McElroy, Jenessa Broxterman. Shutout: Rhen Calhoon, Olivia Schmitz.