No. 14 Cloud County cruises to 9-1 win over Hesston College

Cloud County freshman Franciele Cupertino scored one of the T-Birds' nine goals on Wednesday in their 9-1 win over Hesston College
Cloud County freshman Franciele Cupertino scored one of the T-Birds' nine goals on Wednesday in their 9-1 win over Hesston College

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College women's soccer team stayed undefeated on the young season Wednesday as the No. 14 ranked T-Birds rolled to a convincing 9-1 victory over Hesston College.

Despite resting last year's leading scorer in Joana Villanova, the Cloud County (3-0 overall, 1-0 KJCCC) offense put up videogame-like numbers as it finished with nine goals on 38 total shots, 26 of which found their way on goal.

Hesston College (0-3 overall, 0-1 KJCCC) finished with three shots, two on goal.

"We've been needing a game for a long time, especially after having our scrimmage on Monday rained out," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long, whose team hadn't played since August 27. "It was good to see the girls knock the ball, score some nice goals. I was also able to rest some players while giving other girls some looks in game situations."

The T-Birds leaped out to a 3-1 lead in the first half, receiving goals from Franciele Cupertino and Izabella Christina nine minutes apart, then a late strike from sophomore Karem Rodrigues with five minutes remaining before the break.

Cloud County, which rotated in 25 different players on Wednesday, then went on a scoring barrage in the second-half. Five of those goals came during a 12-minute span between the 63:38 mark and 75:49.

Freshman midfielder Chiara Perrone, who got the start in the absence of Villanova, kicked off the second-half scoring with her first career goal.

"We opted to rest Joana (Wednesday). She's going to play a big role for us and is going to score big goals in big games, but it was nice to see a lot of other girls carry the load," Long said. "Chiara played real well in the midfield, scored a nice goal and settled in nicely after being a little nervous at first."

Fellow freshman Fernanda Peinado followed with her first of two goals on the afternoon, while freshmen Aroa Nieto and Thaina Cavalcante each added markers in the second half, as well.

Cloud County rounded out its scoring with the second goal from Christina at the 88:45 mark, giving her a team-leading five goals on the season.

The T-Birds will look to build off Wednesday's win as they continue their three-game home stand at 2 p.m. Saturday against Dodge City, which handed Cloud County one of its two conference losses last season.

"The girls are going to have to be ready to move the ball around because Dodge City is a very good team," Long said. "Dodge was one of the teams to beat Cloud last year, so I think there will be a little bit of a grudge match there. I think the girls will be up for it."