PARKVILLE, Mo. – Emily Key wasn't going to let an early Williams Baptist goal spoil her senior day experience Saturday at Park University's Julian Field, fronting a big come-from-behind effort by the Pirates with two goals and an assist, as Park beat the Eagles 5-1 to stay in first place in the American Midwest Conference at 9-1, improving overall to 9-3-1 on the 2016 season.
Key scored Park's first goal, but it wasn't until four minutes after Williams Baptist struck, in the ninth minute, when Maria Ramirez cleaned up a ball deflected by Park keeper Imogen Bullivant in the box. Key answered the goal in the 13th, assisted by Isabel Sullivan's pass from the midfield. Key received, dribbled, and hammered a ball home from outside the box to the bottom right corner to knot the game, which went to intermission tied, 1-1.
Park tacked on four goals in the second half, beginning with Taylor Buckholz score in the 70th minute, coming off of Faustine Perrin's 25-yard free kick. Amanda Colville added a senior day score in the 78th from outside the box, and Lydia Parker scored in the 85th, assisted by Key, who added another goal in the 86th, for the Pirates, going one-on-one with Williams' keeper Jasmine Espinoza to put the Pirates in front 5-1.
The Pirates out-shot Williams 9-2, five shots on goal to the Eagles' two. Bullivant's one save was good enough to pick up a keeping win, while Espinoza was the losing keeper, for Williams, facing five shots without a save in 90 minutes.
Monday, the Pirates play a make-up game at William Woods University, in Fulton at 5 p.m., and Saturday, the Pirates end the AMC regular season in Henderson, Tennessee, at Freed-Hardeman University at 1 p.m. For video and statistics links, visit www.parkathletics.com.