The No. 4-ranked St. Vincent’s Academy Saints flexed their considerable muscle in the second half Tuesday afternoon.
The Saints scored eight times in the final 40 minutes and rolled to an 11-0 victory over the South Effingham Lady Mustangs at The Corral.
The Lady Mustangs, who face Effingham County at noon Saturday at home, fell to 1-7-1 on the season and 1-4 in the region.
“I just want them to keep improving,” South Effingham coach Kendrick Buckner said.
The Mustangs played without starting keeper Brittany Way, who is out for another week after getting hurt last week in a 4-3 win over Liberty County. Way was kicked in the head and received a concussion and later suffered a seizure.
Her replacement, Allyson Smith, played well, according to Buckner. But the speedy Saints took advantage of a young Lady Mustang defense.
SVA freshman Mary Margaret Davis scored in the first minute of the game and made it 2-0 when she knocked home a rebound after Smith made an initial save.
The Saints (8-0, 5-0 Region 3-AAA) made it 3-0 late in the first half, as Kaney Ballance was all alone in front and converted Hannah West’s crossing pass.
They peppered Smith and the Lady Mustangs with a barrage of offense to start the second half. Tiffany Poston stepped in front of a goal kick and as Smith came out to challenge her, Poston got around her and fired a shot past defender Shelby Simonin.
Casey Dixon tapped in a rebound after Smith stopped Caitlin Buttimer to make it 5-0. The Saints doubled their first-half output in the first 6 minutes of the second half when Davis headed in a pass from Carre Rodriguez.
They added three more goals in another three-minute span, with Davis twice setting up Buttimer for scores, and Dixon turning and firing from 12 yards out for a 9-0 lead.
Ali Simpson and Randi Friess added the final two goals in the last 8 minutes of the match. The Saints have outscored their opposition 55-3 this season.