It couldn’t have been a better season opener Tuesday for the Pekin girls soccer team.
The Dragons beat visiting Bloomington 7-0 at Coal Miners Park. Each of the 22 Pekin players got at least 10 minutes of playing time.
Dragons coach Edgar Sandoval was able to do some needed experimenting with lineups.
And Pekin goalie Paige Smith preserved the Dragons’ shutout -- or more appropriately, clean sheet -- when she made the save on a Bloomington breakaway in the second half.
That was one of Smith’s two saves during the afternoon.
Tyranie Cox had three goals and two assists for the Dragons. Allie Scally had a goal and two assists.
Alex Bassen had a goal on a penalty kick and an assist “and she dictated the pace of the game,” Sandoval said.
Bassen signed recently to play college soccer at Western Illinois, becoming the fourth Division I player from the Pekin girls soccer program.
The others are Aimee St. Andre (Western Illinois), Megan Campbell (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) and Sarah Zuercher (Illinois State).
St. Andre graduated from Pekin in 2005 and played two years at Illinois Central College before going to Western Illinois. Campbell and Zuercher each graduated from Pekin in 2012.
Morgan Haynes and Brogan Gresham also scored Tuesday for Pekin. Becca Painter assisted on Gresham’s goal.
The Dragons led Bloomington only 1-0 at halftime, but broke the game open with six second-half goals.
“I made some lineup adjustments at halftime,” Sandoval said.
One adjustment was moving Scally up from defender and midfielder to forward alongside Cox. They combined for six goals and assists in the second half.
Pekin will return to action Thursday, playing at Rock Island.
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