AURORA | The Grandview girls soccer team eventually sailed on in the Class 5A girls state soccer playoffs, but not before getting a strong opening test from underdog Hinkley.
Bolstered by a pair of goals in the late stages of the first half by Avianne Burris and Bailey Cook that broke open a close game, the second-seeded Wolves put some distance between themselves and the 31st-seeded Thunderbirds and kept it that way in a 5-0 victory at rain-soaked Legacy Stadium.
Cook had her first hat trick of the season and Megan Mueller also scored for coach Tari Wood’s Wolves (14-1-1), who advance to get a rematch with Centennial League rival Smoky Hill in the second round. The 15th-seeded Buffaloes posted a 3-1 win over No. 18 Doherty at Stutler Bowl.
Hinkley got an outstanding effort in the goal from senior keeper Areslie Rodarte — who was credited with 20 saves — but coach David Nickoloff’s improving team saw its season end at 11-4-1 overall.
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(2) GRANDVIEW 5, (31) HINKLEY 0
Score by halves:
Hinkley 0 0 — 0
Grandview 4 1 — 5
Grandview goals: Bailey Cook 3, Avianne Burris, Megan Mueller. Grandview assists: Natalie Beckman, Mandi Duggan, Mueller. Hinkley saves: Areslie Rodarte (25 shots on goal-20 saves). Grandview saves: Maddie Lesjak (1 shot on goal-1 save)