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Panthers kick off soccer season with 6-0 win

April 06, 2005 - Last week marked the start of the 2005 season for the girls' soccer team at Mehl-ville Senior High School, and the Panthers appear to be off to a solid start, pounding Hillsboro 6-0.

"Things are going good right now," Mehlville head coach Scott Jackson told the Call. "I think that we've come out and played really well."

The season-opening win marked the first time the Panthers have scored more than three goals in a game under Jackson, who's in his second year as head coach.

Senior midfielder Allison Schaughnessey led the Panthers with two goals and one assist against Hillsboro. Last season, Schaughnessey recorded four goals and 10 assists for the Panthers.

"Allison's a phenomenal player," Jackson said. "She sees the whole field and has that ability to set other people up."

Freshman forward Brittany Shelton also scored two goals for the Panthers in her first start on the varsity squad.

"Brittany is one of the freshmen that we ended up keeping on the varsity," Jackson said. "She's a big, strong girl that's got tre-mendous speed."

Freshman midfielder Courtney Spurr also kicked a goal in her first varsity game.

Spurr, Shelton and freshman Erica Jolly should be major contributors this season.

"They're going to make some major contributions as freshmen," Jackson said. "We're only two games in and they're looking like they played varsity all season."

Senior defender Lisa Krost also kicked a goal against Hillsboro. Krost has already matched her goal-total from last season, and Jackson plans to move her up to the midfield for more scoring chances.

"Lisa's a tough kid who gives us toughness up the middle of the field," he said.

Junior goalkeeper Melissa Giorgi recorded two saves in her first shutout of the season. Jackson will platoon Giorgi with sophomore Michelle Smith until one emerges as the team's permanent starter.

"Melissa only touched the ball two times against Hillsboro," Jackson said. "Right now we're just going to platoon her with Michelle for the next few weeks."

The Panthers also suffered their first lost of the season last week in a tough 1-0 loss at Columbia, Ill. Mehlville dominated much of the game, but couldn't find a way to put the ball in the net.

"We went into the Columbia game and played unbelievably well," Jackson said. "That might have been some of the better soccer that any of my teams have played. We dominated them from start to finish, but just didn't score."

Mehlville travels to Northwest at 4:15 p.m. Thursday for a Suburban West Con-ference showdown with the Lions.

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