Four was the magic number for the Grain Valley girls soccer team Friday.
The Eagles downed Columbia Hickman 4-0 and then topped Clinton 4-1 to earn a berth into the championship game of the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Lady Tiger Tournament.
“Good night for us,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said. “First game we played very well against a quality Class 4 side. Second game was a great opportunity to get some new players involved. We got contributions from all over the place. Freshman Kailey Larson in particular had a great couple games and it should be a big confidence builder for her. Tomorrow should be a good game.”
The 11-3 Eagles meet host Smith-Cotton at 2 p.m. for the championship.
After an own goal off a deflection in the eighth minute put Grain Valley ahead against Hickman, Rylan Childers scored goals on assists from Avery Brady in the 21st and 50th minutes.
Larson scored off a Kailey Boyer assist in the 76th minute to seal the win. Raegan Beeding earned the shutout in goal.
Brady scored off a Maddie Knust assist in the ninth minute to put the Eagles ahead against Clinton.
Larson scored in the 28th minute and then assisted on Nicole Herder’s first varsity goal two minutes later. Abby Berg scored on a free kick in the 53rd to make it 4-0 before Clinton scored late.
SMITHVILLE 4, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 2: William Chrisman cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second half but couldn’t get any closer in a loss to Smithville in the North Kansas City/Oak Park Invitational Friday at Staley High School.
Rylee LaRoche scored in the first half to cut Smithville’s lead to 2-1.
After the Warriors extended their lead to 3-1, Cassie Simpson scored for the Bears.
Smithville scored again to seal the win.