BETHALTO — The Civic Memorial Eagles took it to the East Alton-Wood River girls' soccer program on Tuesday with an 8-0 victory at the Bethalto Sports Complex.
The Eagles improve to 7-5 with the help of freshman Cassie Hall, who scored a hat trick for CM in the opening 12 minutes of the game. Five goals in the first half sent them soaring to a clear-cut victory over the neighboring Oilers, who dropped to 2-9 with the loss.
Hall scored four goals against Jersey on Monday, giving her seven goals in two days. She has scored 15 goals this season.
"It always helps when you can go out and get a couple of goals under your belt," CM coach Eric Zyung said. "It allows us to get comfortable and get into the flow of a game.
"What can I say about Cassie? She just goes out there and she competes. She's a fearless player and she's aggressive. She just goes out there and plays hard. I'm fortunate I'll have her for three more years."
The Eagles took flight right out of the nest with a snazzy shot by Hall just outside the six-yard box off an assist by McKenzie Dixon just 32 seconds into the match.
Hall followed it up with her second goal of the game at 32:01 to slide past EA-WR goalkeeper Chrissy Long off an assist by CM senior Andra Myers.
The third time was the charm for Hall with an unassisted goal at 28:24 to give her a hat trick, but she wasn't finished yet. With 6:11 left in the first half, Hall connected for an assist with senior Julie Bruns to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles offense wasn't finished yet. With just 1.3 seconds remaining in the first half, Myers took a shot that breezed past Long to put the Oilers down 5-0 going into the break.
"Bethalto is a nice young team," EA-WR coach Matt Herndon said. "He's (Zyung) got freshmen that are lights-out, they're good. Everything they've advertised, or that I've heard other coaches talk about is right on. Zyung has got a nice ball club."
Both Zyung and Herndon mixed it up in the second half to give younger players some time on the varsity stage and Herndon replaced Long in goal with senior forward Shannon Inman.
Myers stayed on the field with the younger Eagles and set the example with a CM goal past Inman with just under four minutes into the second half.
Freshman Morgan Wilson joined in on offense, sending the ball into the Oiler net in the 64th minute to make it 7-0. The Eagles offense didn't rest until sophomore Dani Stockton buried a goal in the 80th minute.
"We are still at that phase of working. We're young and inexperienced," Herndon said. "We're trying to find the right mix. We are really preaching and working the off-season. So many of our players are multi-sport athletes."
As for Hall, her work on the soccer field includes time with a select club in St. Louis during the off season in the fall.
"I play with AC Porta Via in the fall and also basketball in the winter to keep me moving," Hall said. "I've played since I was in pre-school, so I've had a lot of time on the field. Everyone on our CM team is really close with each other and good friends. That helps with our on the field communication. Everyone is always talking and so we always know where to be and it helps build a rhythm."
The Eagles hit the road to Staunton on Thursday to meet the Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. The Oilers are scheduled to welcome Metro East Lutheran at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.