Alcovy received the message loud and clear Wednesday, following the Lady Mustangs’ 8-0 rout in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament.
Tayler Hartrampf scored four goals while Vannah Moreland, Cheyenne Golden, Emma Parks and Jasmin Lanuza each had one. Madeline Monroe, Lanuza and Maddy Giroir each had assists.
Meredith Bailey started in goal for Region 4AAAAAA runner-up Kennesaw Mountain (12-6-1), which will visit Region 1AAAAAA champion Camden County in the second round of the playoffs next Wednesday. Bailey combined on the shutout with reserve goalkeeper Taylor Parker.
Neither Bailey nor Parker recorded a save, with the Lady Mustangs holding a 30-0 advantage in shots.
“This is definitely a good way for us to start the playoffs,” Kennesaw Mountain coach Patrick Fox said. “We put it on our seniors to perform, and they took care of business. Everybody played significant minutes, which is good going forward because they get that playoff experience.”
The Lady Mustangs took advantage of Alcovy (7-9) from the start.
Back-to-back goals from Hartrampf — including a penalty kick in the third minute — put Kennesaw Mountain in front 2-0. Roughly a minute later, Moreland scored off a rebound from a save by Alcovy goalkeeper Katie Barton to put the Lady Mustangs ahead 3-0.
Hartrampf completed a hat trick with a header in the 22nd minute off a corner kick from Monroe, for a 4-0 lead.
Several of Kennesaw Mountain’s shots failed to connect over the next 14 minutes until Lanuza fed Hartrampf inside the box for a wide-open goal — her fourth of the contest — in the 36th minute, giving the Lady Mustangs a 5-0 halftime advantage.
“The game plan was for us to come out and score as many goals as possible as quickly as we could,” Hartrampf said. “We wanted to get off to a good start in the playoffs and not take it easy and not take anyone lightly.”
The scoring barrage continued in the second half. Golden found the back of the net in the 42nd minute.
Roughly 3 minutes later, Barton made a strong block off a header from Lanuza. The ball got away from Barton, and a failed clearing attempt from an Alcovy defender led to Parks scoring from 7 yards away to give the Lady Mustangs a 7-0 margin in the 45th minute.
Lanuza tallied Kennesaw Mountain’s final score off a quick feed from Giroir. Lanuza raced untouched down the right side from 30 yards away and planted a point blank goal from 5 yards out in the 64th minute for the Lady Mustangs’ 8-0 lead.
The defensive backfield of Mooregan Elder, Kayla Miller, Elizabeth Spaulding, Melissa Downey and Alli Culler helped preserve Kennesaw Mountain’s third straight shutout.
“We have an experienced defense,” Fox said. “That’s their 11th shutout this season. It’s a group that works really hard at keeping the ball out of the net.”
“Starting the playoffs off with a shutout really builds our confidence,” Elder said. “We want to keep control of the game, and getting shutouts helps with that.
“Our defense wasn’t as good when we started the season, but we’ve progressed and we’ve gotten better.”