It was obvious the Bloom-Carroll girls soccer team wasn’t going to have any trouble scoring in its Division II tournament opener Saturday against River Valley.
The second-seeded Bulldogs led 5-0 in the first 15 minutes, and went on to post a 15-0 victory. The score almost was secondary because history was made in the process.
Senior Alexis McKenzie, who scored three goals, broke her own record of 31 in a season. McKenzie broke Amy Anderson’s record in 2012.
With the three goals she scored Saturday, McKenzie pushed her season total to 33. She now has 80 goals for her career.
“I have a really great sister (Ellyse McKenzie) that feds me the ball all the time,” Alexis McKenzie said. “I know where she is going to play the ball, and I try to make sure I’m on the end of her pass every time.
“I also feel like I’m always in a good spot and try to make sure I find the right spots.”
Bloom-Carroll coach Mark Casperson said Alexis McKenzie played goalie her freshman year, so her 80 goals have come in three years. He said she just has a knack for scoring and is a great finisher.
“She is a great scorer and she really has a nose for the goal,” Casperson said.
“She puts herself in very good position, and a lot of that comes from the passes she gets from her teammates.
“To score that many goals, she has to be a great finisher. But she also gets great serves from her teammates, and she would be the first one to tell you that.”
Nine different players scored for the Bulldogs (13-0-4). Melanie Casto, Shannan McCracken, Sienna Henne and Jenna Schmidt all finished with two goals each. Ellyse McKenzie, Maggie Loeffler, Lauren Bussert and Dani Butler each scored one.
“It’s hard because you have to find a line from scoring a lot and controlling it,” Alexis McKenzie said. “You have to restrain yourself a little, but I love these kind of games because they are so much fun.
“I like scoring, but it’s nice to see everyone else scoring, as well. It’s fun for me.”
The Bulldogs will play host to sixth-seeded Big Walnut at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a district semifinal.
“We had girls play in different positions and we treated it like a training session so we keep the way we play going into our next tough match,” Casperson said.
“We used all 22 players on our roster and everyone got at least 40 minutes.”