Renee Unland of St. John's plays defense in their game against Crestview. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Renee Unland of St. John's plays defense in their game against Crestview. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
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CONVOY — Freshman Katelyn Castle scored four goals Monday as Crestview pounded Delphos St. John’s 7-0 in the regular season girls soccer opener for both teams.

The Lady Knights were dominant in every aspect of the game, firing 35 shots (17 on goal) to the Blue Jays’ 5 shots (3 on goal). The ball seldom got into Delphos’s offensive end, and Crestview seemed to come away with a high percentage of the 50-50 balls.

In the early going neither team mounted a threat, but with 28:31 remaining in the first half, Castle eluded her defender and blasted in a straightaway 10-yarder to lead 1-0. Twenty seconds later, a ball deflected off of a St. John’s defender, nearly resulting in an own goal, but the ball hit the right post and bounced right to sophomore Aliya Clouser, who punched in a point blank goal to up the margin to 2-0.

The Blue Jays’ one good chance for a score came with 23:43 on the clock when Addison Mueller dribbled by her defender and fired a 20-yard angle shot from the right side that eluded senior goalkeeper McKenna Thompson and seemed to be destined for the left edge of the net. However, junior Jade Sheaffer saved the goal with a diving header.

With 12:33 on the first half clock, Castle emerged from a scrum and rocketed a 15-yard beauty into the upper right corner of the net — 3-0, Knights. She made it a first half hat trick at 10:15 by grounding a 15-yard straightaway shot into the right side of the net to give the home team a 4-0 halftime lead.

Crestview continued to blast away in the second half, but didn’t find the net until the last ten minutes when the Knights scored three times — senior exchange student Louisa Hoppe at 8:13, Castle at 6:24, and junior Lindsey Schumm at 4:23.

Although the Knights scored seven goals, they would’ve had a few more if not for the outstanding defense of the Jays’ junior keeper Reagan Ulm. Ulm had nine saves. She outraced the Knights to several balls and also excelled at clearing the ball with her powerful right foot.

Goals:

11:29 — Katelyn Castle (CV).

11:49 — Aliya Clouser (CV).

27:27 — Castle.

29:45 — Castle.

71:47 — Louisa Hoppe (CV).

73:36 — Castle.

75:37 — Lindsey Schumm (CV).

Shots: CV 35, DSJ 5.

Shots on Goal: CV 17, DSJ 3.

Corner Kicks: CV 10, DSJ 1.

Saves: McKenna Thompson (CV) 2, Reagan Ulm (DSJ) 9.