Summit Christian Academy junior forward Kassi Ginther smoothly cut the ball past one defender in the box.
With the Father Tolton Catholic goalie closing in, Ginther deftly re-directed the ball past her and gracefully slid it into the goal.
Ginther’s skillful moves in the second half marked part of her three-goal, three-assist day as the Eagles easily won the Missouri Class 1 girls soccer state tournament third-place game, 9-0, on Thursday at Swope Soccer Village.
“We wanted to come out strong for our seniors, and because we thought we could have won (the semifinal),” said Ginther, who ended the season with 89 goals. “It’s a good feeling to win our last game.”
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Summit Christian received goals from Avery Brooks, Ginther, Faith Fields, Sky Masters and Madyson Harmon and took a commanding 5-0 lead into halftime.
Harmon added another goal in the second half, both of her scores coming off impressive one-touch strikes from outside the box.
“The credit goes to my teammates for feeding me great passes,” Harmon said. “As a team, we worked well (Thursday). We passed the ball very well.”
Ginther scored twice after the break, with Zoe Oppriecht also recording a goal.
Summit Christian ended its season 19-5, with four of its five losses coming to larger-class schools.
“It’s been an amazing year, and (Thursday) ended in our favor,” Harmon said.