PARKVILLE, Mo. – Emily Key scored four times and Isabel Sullivan added a pair of assists, as Park University (12-3-1) blew past Harris-Stowe (8-10-1) in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 American Midwest Conference Women's Soccer Championship, 8-1, Friday at Julian Field.
"The first game of any tournament is the most important and I thought we handled the game well," said Park coach Ken Hefner. "We had some great build ups with great results today."
Park struck first when Sullivan made a pass through the midfield to find Key in the 12th minute, to go up 1-0 over the Hornets, who answered Key's goal in the 18th minute, when Georgia Herrington got a loose ball and tied the game up 1-1. In the 39th minute, Sullivan found Emma Chatterton across the box. Chatterton's goal put the Pirates up 2-1 over the Hornets, a lead that stuck until intermission.
In the second half, Park pulled away and then some.
In the 59th minute, Chatterton made a pass from outside the box to Key to put the Pirates up 3-1. Ten minutes later, Key got a free ball that was sitting in the box to score a hat trick. With Key's goal, the Pirates went up 4-1 and she wasn't done yet. In the 70th minute, Key got to take a penalty kick to put the Pirates up 5-1. Two minutes later, the Pirates' Sullivan found the ball in the box and nailed one in the bottom right corner. In the 74th minute, Chatterton found Hannah Brindle in the middle of the box. Brindle scored to put the Pirates up 7-1. One more Pirates' defender wanted a piece of scoring when Laini Brown came down the sideline. Brown drove it to the box and took a shot to the near post in the upper 90 degrees.
The Pirates' Amy Roskell picked up the win for the Pirates with playing 74 minutes in the net. She allowed one goal in the game. The last 15 minutes of play, Imogen Bullivant got some time in the net for the Pirates. The Hornets' Jenna Vitale made nine saves and allowed eight goals in the game.
"As the game wore on we totally took over the game in all facets," said Hefner. "We are all looking forward to the semifinals on Monday but also we are looking forward to playing at home with a great crowd in attendance."
The Pirates advance to the semifinal round of the 2016 AMC Women's Soccer Championship. The Pirates will host on Monday, November 7 at Julian Field. The start time is set for 1 p.m. There will be live stats through DakStats and live video through AMC Sports Network. Check www.parkathletics.com to find out who the women will host in the semifinal game.