Kaylie Rock had been in a bit of a slump lately. The Lee’s Summit North junior forward was finding scoring opportunities, but none of them had been finding back of the net.
Rock took out her frustrations April 24 on Raymore-Peculiar, scoring a hat trick by halftime then added two more goals in the second half for good measure. Her five-goal outburst led the Broncos’ 7-1 rout during a Suburban Gold Conference match at North.
“I’ve just been really frustrated and I haven’t really gotten to finish my opportunities,” Rock said. “I knew that one of these games it was going to happen and it finally happened today.”
Rock now has 11 goals this season after nearly doubling her total in one match, and the seven team goals are not only the most North (5-8, 3-5 Suburban Gold) has scored in a match this season but also exceeds the total for the Broncos’ last seven matches combined.
Rock wasn’t the only player feeling the frustration after North lost six of seven games and was shut out four times during a five-game losing streak, which included a 3-2 loss April 9 at Ray-Pec.
“She’s been real unlucky through most of the season,” North soccer coach Ryan Kelley said. “She’s had a lot of great opportunities that just missed, hit the crossbar, the keeper and everything else. She was due to get a few goals and tonight it seemed like everything she was hitting was going in.”
Rock began her barrage in the 13th minute when she blew past Ray-Pec’s back line and found the far post. Five minutes later, she got behind the Panthers’ defense again for a shot from the left side.
“I noticed that one of their defenders was out today and she had me pretty good defensively last game,” Rock said. “That gave me some confidence, because I didn’t think their other defenders were used to how I play.”
Rock had her hat trick with 12 minutes still to play in the first half after she took possession at midfield and dribbled all the way into the 18-yard box for a shot at the middle of the net. That shot came after a goal by Halle Hill.
When Jayme Coon connected in the final seconds of the half, North had a commanding 5-0 lead.
Ray-Pec (6-6-1, 3-4 Suburban Gold) controlled play at the start of the second half, scoring on a header by Emma Beltz off a corner kick 13 minutes into the period.
The momentum was shortlived as Rock found the net again two minutes later then capped her night with a high lob into the net midway through the half.
“I kind of knew at the beginning of the second half we might panic a little bit and get too comfortable,” Rock said. “I think as soon as we got the next one, we controlled the game a lot better again.”
After breaking her slump, Rock hopes her team will keep on winning.
“I really hope this game gives a lot more confidence,” Rock said. “I think we really needed this game to get us back into the season and get us going again.”