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Kline shines in Debut as Mount Mercy Academy runs past St. Mary's

by cnewman

Mt. Mercy Academy freshman Kristen Kline couldn't have dreamed up a better start to her high school career.

Kline scored twice and added an assist and Brittany Kempf and Haley O'Donnell each tallied goals as the Magic ran past St. Mary's High School, 5-0, in the soccer opener for both.

"These girls have been playing together for a long time," stated Mt. Mercy coach John Glose. "I'm not surprised at how well they played."

From the start of the game, Kline looked very comfortable and looked more like a seasoned veteran - than a rookie just trying to find her way.

Kline made some good reads on the ball and even made some nice passes as Mt. Mercy dominated the much younger Lancers from the start of the opening whistle.

"She worked real hard and she earned a starting position in today's game," said Glose. "I talked to her before the game and she was ready. She played with poise and she played tough. She has really learned a lot and she is going to just get better and better."

The Magic would get on the board first as Kempf took a nice feed from Kline. Kline, shooting down the right side, crossed a beautiful ball that landed right on the foot of Kempf - who easily tapped the ball home.

The Magic were able to add to its lead right before halftime as Kempf was on the receiving end of a great corner kick. Her original shot went off the post, but she was able to get the ball back and calmly chipped into the back of the net.

The second half was just as dominate for the Magic as they scored quickly to seal the victory.

Kline would score her first career goal as she easily pushed the ball past the keeper. If one goal wasn't enough for the freshman, she would take her debut from a good one to a great one as she scored her second of the night to make it 5-0.

The five goals scored by Mt. Mercy is almost a weeks worth at times. Glose hopes the out burst gives his team some confidence as they get the season rolling in full gear next week.

"It was a great team effort. Every girl played and played well. Obviously, we have a lot of work to do. But, for today, we are very satisfied and it's a nice win to start the season."

This was the only home game for the Magic for the next couple of weeks. Glose and his team will become road warriors as they play their next four away from the friendly confines of Caz Park.

"We just have to stick together and I told them that," Glose said. "We have to play together and that will be an important thing - especially on the road."

The Magic return to Caz Friday, Sept. 14 when they take on Frontier in a non-league contest. The game will mark the third game in four days for the Magic.

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