CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If Charleston Catholic coach Amy Mullen was worried about complacency setting in for the Fighting Irish, she got a resounding no on Tuesday evening.
Peyton Keener scored three goals as Catholic rushed past Herbert Hoover 9-1. A crowd of about 60 attended the matchup of Class AA-A state-ranked girls high school soccer teams at Andrew Jordon Field at Trace Fork.
The Irish (9-0) took over the top spot in this week's state coaches association rankings and were fresh off two victories in claiming yet another Bishop's Cup last weekend.
Keener netted the first two scores less than 16 minutes into the opening half and Catholic teammates Sophie Bumgarner and Peyton Mullen followed suit for a 4-0 advantage at halftime.
Keener scored her final tally less than two minutes after the break and the rout was on. Caroline Dundervill added two goals for the Irish while Sophie Bumgarner turned in her second for a 9-0 edge.
"We executed,'' said Amy Mullen, who guided the Irish to the state tournament semifinals last year with a bevy of freshmen. "We passed well and communicated. When you do all that things seem to work out. The score doesn't reflect how hard [Herbert Hoover] played. They played to every minute.''
Hannah Schoolcraft kept the No. 9 Huskies (4-2-1) from getting shut out with a goal. Katie Pulliam, thought, finished out the scoring for Catholic.
"I wished we would have played to our potential, but we didn't,'' said Hoover first-year coach Brittany Woods, who inherited a team that set a school record for wins last year. "I don't think we hang our heads. Catholic has a nice team. They settled the ball and made some good passes and worked the ball around.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.