This probably isn't what opponents of the Pleasant Valley girls soccer team want to see.
With prolific goal scorer Ellie Kurth already at the top of PV's offense, Spartans junior Kelsey Foltz showed what potential she might have against Davenport North on Tuesday afternoon.
In just 52 minutes of action, Foltz recorded a hat trick to lead Pleasant Valley past the host Wildcats, 6-0, in Mississippi Athletic Conference action.
In her first year on varsity, Foltz said the accomplishment was new territory for her.
"This is my first varsity game that I have scored," Foltz said. "I've never had a hat trick. And even on junior varsity, I never scored so this is really exciting."
Foltz was quick to point out the passing, position and aggressiveness of her teammates were the main reasons she was able to find the back of the net so often. The Spartans dominated play, especially in the first half, to overwhelm the Wildcats. Pleasant Valley (3-2 overall, 1-0 MAC) outshot North 18-0 in the first half and 28-3 for the game.
"I think it's because our team connects so well together," Foltz said. "I think up top me and Ellie (Kurth) and Ellie (Scranton) play really well together and we know how each other works and how to play off each other."
That trio combined to score the first goal for the Spartans in the 17th minute. Kurth made a strong run down the left-hand side and into the penalty area. Her blast was initially deflected away by Wildcats keeper Brooklynn Herrera.
But Scranton showed hustle to keep the spinning deflection from going out of bounds. Scranton then centered a pass to Foltz from 15 yards out and Foltz was able to chip the ball over Herrera's head for the first tally.
"That was great effort by (Scranton) to keep the ball in play," Foltz said.
The Spartans' second goal was a bit of luck as freshman Abby Feldman pounced on a loose ball at the top of the penalty area. But Feldman's shot was almost straight up into the air like a pop fly in baseball.
But Herrera, who tried her best to keep the Cats in the game with 11 saves, must have misjudged the ball because it bounced over her head and over the goal-line to put the visitors up 2-0.
Pleasant Valley kept rolling in the second half, scoring four goals in just a six-minute span early in the second half. Maureen Thomsen fired in a long, angled shot from 15 yards out and Kurth got on the board herself just a minute later with a blast from the same distance.
Foltz then wrapped up the scoring with two tallies, just 45 seconds apart. Both goals came after some great passing through the midfield. Scranton and Grace Necker had assists on Foltz's final two goals, which were long shots from roughly 12 yards out.
"The three girls up front and the three girls in the midfield did a great job of keeping it on (North's) end," Spartans first-year coach Wayne Ward said. "(Foltz) is a special talent and I think she has an eye for goal. But it is a team effort and they caused a lot of havoc."
The Wildcats (1-3, 0-2) played better in the second half, creating some chances but it was the six-minute span when the lead went from 2-0 to 6-0 that had North coach Tyler Holle scratching his head.
"That six minutes was the difference in the game and allowed (PV) to pull away," Holle said. "In those six minutes, we shut down and decided we didn't want to play anymore. We put some new girls in and we got going. I told them at halftime, I didn't think we played that bad in the first half. I told them it comes down to effort and not putting your head down when you get a goal scored on you."