Bo Lankster seemed almost squeamish after seeing his fourth-ranked Tates Creek girls' soccer team destroy Lafayette 9-0 Thursday night.
After all, it's only the first week of the season and there are many things he wants his team to improve upon.
Not that any shortcomings were apparent in the iHigh Soccer Frenzy match at Lafayette.
"We played about as well as we could play. We possessed the ball well. We finished," Lankster said. "We focused very well. We defended as a team. We were creative with the way that we played."
The Commodores (2-0) got four goals from Elaine Simpson and two by Destinie Graves. Shelby Williams, Ashley Whaley and Ashley Vanhooser added one goal each.
"We have a lot of players that have experience and ...we're good right now mentally as a team," Lankster said. "That's so much of it — team chemistry is really good and people are accepting roles. When they get their opportunity, everybody's coming in and they're making a difference, and they're trying to impact the game positively."
Creek scored four times in a span of 31/2 minutes to lead 4-0 at halftime.
Graves made the only strike that would be necessary, from 15 yards out, shooting across the goal to the far post (her right) 7:59 into the match.
Simpson, a senior, scored the next two for a 3-0 lead.
"It's amazing. We work really well together," Simpson said. "Everyone has their part on the team. Most of the goals tonight were assisted from lots of different people ... which is really great to be able to incorporate everyone."
"The seniors are really great. We definitely try to bond with the younger kids and make sure everyone feels a part on the team. There's no separation between classes."
While the Commodores have plenty of senior talent to call upon, Lafayette does not.
The Generals will have to close the gap with the experience they gain throughout the season.
"They're ranked No. (4) for a reason, and they're an experienced team with lots of depth. Lots of quality players," Lafayette Coach Bryson Perry said of Creek. "We lost all of our defense and we're trying to learn and it was an education tonight. Hopefully, we can put that education to work in the future.
"I think, Saturday, we'll come out and we'll be ready to match with LCA. We can still come out of this 2-1, so that's our goal for the tournament."
Arly Lankster and Hannah Kardos combined in goal to notch the shutout.
LCA 4, Clark County 1
In the opener, after a scoreless first half, LCA scored four times in less than 15 minutes.
Elise McKinney, Brooke Dobbs, Rachel Bertrand and Caroline Boone all scored for a 4-0 lead.
The Cardinals spoiled the shutout when Hayley Thornberry tallied with 8:45 left.
Tates Creek 9, Lafayette 0
Goals — TC: Destinie Graves 2, Elaine Simpson 4, Shelby Williams, Ashley Whaley, Ashley Vanhooser.
Goalkeepers — TC: Arley Lankster and Hannah Kardos; L: Kate Heinonen.
Records — TC: 2-0; L: 1-1.
Lexington Christian 4, Clark County 1
Goals — LCA: Elise McKinney, Brooke Dobbs, Rachel Bertrand, Caroline Boone; CC: Hayley Thornberry.
Goalkeepers — LCA: Katelin Bundy; CC: Cathryn Banker.
Records —LCA 1-1; GRC 0-2.
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