SHELBY — Shelby scored three goals within the first five minutes of the game enroute to a 9-1 rout of Kent City in a non-conference girls soccer match Friday at Shelby.
Kendall Zaverl accounted for four of the Tigers’ goals, two of them coming in the first half when Shelby took a commanding 5-1 lead.
Hanna Frees got the Tigers on the board just two minutes into the contest, thanks to an assist from Zaverl.
Zaverl then produced two goals in the next 10 minutes, the first five minutes in from Biloxi Lee and then knocked in another at the 30-minute mark to build the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.
Kent City scored its only goal with 15 minutes left in the first half, but the Tigers answered with two more goals, one on a free kick by America Cruz from 40 yards out and the other tallied by Briseda Brito with the assist going to Cruz to finish off the first-half scoring.
Nine minutes elapsed in the second half before the Tigers scored again, with Zaverl notching her third for a hat trick as Aubrey Klotz supplied the helper.
Frees picked up her second goal of the game 15 minutes into the half with Klotz contributing her second assist, Zaverl netted her fourth goal with Klotz on the assist and Gladys Moncada-Pineda successfully converted a penalty kick to end the scoring.
“We sure did need a game like this after two tough losses,” said Shelby coach Pete Peterson. “The defense stood tall, allowing only four shots on goal (all in the first half).
“Mya Ramos was solid in goal, taking away dangerous crossing balls. Offensively, we found our passing game and set up some real nice goals in the second half.”
The Tigers (5-6-0) travels to Orchard View for a conference crossover game Monday.