The Capital City Lady Cavaliers have gotten some solid results this soccer season.
Thursday may have been the best so far for the first-year program.
"We want to make sure we're putting in the effort, making sure we're working hard for a complete 80 minutes," Lady Cavaliers coach Travis Cairer said after a 6-0 blanking of the Warrenton Warriors at Capital City High School. "That's probably as close as we've come to doing that this season."
It was the fourth shutout of the year for Capital City. Cairer said that is a product of a true team effort in front of keeper Natalie Allison.
"We're up 6-0, but we've still got girls running as hard as they can to chase down players to make sure we're not giving anything up defensively," he said.
Capital City is 4-1 in the young season, having outscored its opponents 23-3.
"We've have to be pretty happy with our ability to put some balls in the net and keeping them out of ours," Cairer said.
While Carier is happy the Lady Cavaliers have had success on the scoreboard, he sees some things on the field that need to be improved.
"We've had a couple of games that I don't know that we've played that well in," he said. "When you look at the score, it looks like we put in a lot of work to get the win, but in actuality, we really didn't work as hard as we could.
"We still have work to do, but we're on the right track. We're going to keep searching for the right combinations of players at the right times in the right spots on the field. We're starting to find them."
Ayanna Clarke got the Lady Cavaliers on the board early, lining a shot with her left foot into the upper corner of the net a little less than five minutes into the contest.
About 10 minutes later, Kylie Reed made it 2-0 off an assist by Brooklynn Greene.
Capital City then scored twice in a minute span. Greene tallied the goal when the Warrenton keeper came too far out of the net and the Lady Cavalier sophomore got past her to tap it into the net for the score.
Gia Pardalos, who set up Greene's goal with a good pass, got one herself after a Warrenton turnover deep in its own end of the field to give the Lady Cavaliers a 4-0 advantage at half.
Pardalos then tallied two goals in a two-minute span early in second half to finish with a hat trick.
It was the fourth straight loss for Warrenton, now 3-6.
After playing five games in the first three weeks of the season, Capital City is slated to play five games next week. The trek starts with a contest Tuesday at Boonville before hosting Owensville on Thursday. Capital City will then play three games next weekend at the Moberly Invitational.
"It's going to be a doozy of a week," Cairer said. "I think we're up for it."