North Platte High School girls' soccer coach Sarah Kaminski could not have asked for a better start to the season than the one her team had on Saturday.
In the season opener against Grand Island, the Lady Bulldogs scored three quick goals right away and never looked back for a 6-0 win at Bauer Field.
"I think the girls came out ready to play," said Kaminski. "They did the things that were neccessary to get a win and they were determined to play as a team."
Just three minutes into the game, Taylor Banark scored a goal to give NPHS the lead. Then five minutes later, Breezy Jahnke made it 2-0 with a goal of her own.
Then shortly thereafter, Kaysee Lewis, the leading goal scorer from last year, put it into the net for her first of the season for a 3-0 lead.
"They just passed the ball and controlled the ball," Kaminski said. "We were the more aggessive team to the ball."
To the credit of Grand Island (0-2), the score was still 3-0 at the end of the first half. But in the second half, North Platte started to get going again.
Kenzie Michaels scored the first goal of the second half and then Lewis added her second not too long afterward. With about five minutes left in the game, freshman Abby Stark notched her first career goal to close out the victory.
With an attack led by Lewis, Michaels, Jahnke and Banark, the Lady Dawgs look to have a lot of diversity that will make them a tough team to contain this year.
"That's awesome for a coach to see," said Kaminski. "To get our goal-scoring from all those people is a big advantage. The girls put themselves in good situations by attacking from all sorts of spots."
Grand Island 0 0 - 0
North Platte 3 3 - 6
Goals: NP-Kaysee Lewis 2, Abby Stark, Kenzie Michaels, Taylor Banark, Breezy Jahnke