As soccer matches go, Saturday morning's first-rounder of the All "A" Classic sure looked a lot like target practice.
Cami Croney-Clark's second hat trick of the young season propelled Sayre's girls to a 5-1 victory over visiting Frankfort.
The Spartans (2-1), advancing to next weekend's second round against Lexington Christian Academy, outshot Frankfort 40-6. Unofficial statistics also had Sayre with 13 corner kicks to Frankfort's one.
Lady Panthers goalkeepers Sara Frye and Taylor Addams combined for 19 saves.
"I think it's good for us, especially as a young team and a lot of new players," Croney-Clark said of advancing in the tournament.
"We really picked it up in the second half, after our halftime talk. The first half wasn't as good."
Sayre led 2-1 at intermission, getting goals from freshmen Gabby Bowie 15:11 into the game and Meg Croney-Clark — Cami's sister — at 19:27.
Frankfort's score came on Maggie Smith's penalty kick at 23:09.
"I think both of us were kind of banged up, so the first half I don't think we had our intensity there," said Ricky Ross, an assistant who was filling in while Sayre head man Erik Johnson was off to have his coaching license certified. "The second half, we came out and I think we stepped it up a little better.
"I'm happy for the result, happy to move on in the tournament. It's a learning experience for us."
Cami Croney-Clark, a junior, made it 3-1 at 45:51, then added tallies in the next two seven-minute intervals.
Frankfort (0-2) played its best soccer late. The Panthers' best chance to counter came with six minutes left.
Shanae Brown broke in but, with goalkeeper Emma Johnson out to cut the angle, fired just a tad right of the goal. Johnson, a sophomore, stopped three shots on the net.
"I don't think the scoreline accurately reflects our effort at all. ... The effort was great," said Adam Samuelson, coach of the Panthers. "And the last 20 minutes gives me a lot to look forward to this season, if they can play like that."
Sayre 5, Frankfort 1
All "A" Classic, first round
Goals — F: Maggie Smith; S: Gabby Bowie, Meg Croney-Clark, Cami Croney-Clark 3. Goalkeepers — F: Sara Frye, Taylor Addams; S: Emma Johnson. Records — Frankfort 0-2; Sayre 2-1.