The Napavine girls soccer team needed just over 10 minutes in its season opener at Winlock to open the floodgates, but once the Tigers got going, they didn’t stop for awhile, bagging six first-half goals in a 6-0 rout.
“We’ve got a lot of athleticism all over the field,” assistant coach Chris Tarabochia said. “Anytime you can start your season off with some high-scoring offense, we’ll take it.”
Freshman Hayden Kaut opened her season with a 20-minute hat trick, starting the scoring in the 12th minute off an assist from Haley Gallagher, then scoring again in the 27th minute and adding a third in the 33rd.
Just two minutes after Kaut’s first strike, Hannah Fay made it 2-0, with fellow freshman Maya Kunkel supplying the feed. Danielle Tupuola, the squad’s lone senior, scored off of Gallagher’s second assist in the 30th minute, and eighth grader Ava Wilson bagged her first career goal just before halftime to make it 6-0.
The Tigers finished with 11 shots in total, to just one for Winlock, which keeper Charley Hollinger was more than equal to. The rest of the way, Napavine played defense with its offense, keeping the ball well away from any hint of possible danger.
“We did do a good job of possessing the ball most of the game,” Tarabochia said.
Winlock (0-1) is set to stay at home to play Forks on Friday, while Napavine (1-0) will host Evergreen Lutheran on Monday.