Busenhart scores eight goals

Will Johnson

Having matches canceled earlier in the week against Fatima and Belle, Jordan Palmer’s Owensville Dutchgirl soccer team welcomed Dixon’s Lady Bulldogs to a soggy Dutchmen Field Thursday night for some high school girls soccer.

Breaking the scoreless tie five minutes into the match, Destinee Busenhart gave the Dutchgirl offense all they would need en route to a 10-0 mercy rule victory over the visiting Lady Bulldogs.

“It was a great feeling,” Palmer said. “We have a solid team of very hard working girls and their game against Dixon was the result of their dedication in practice.”

Nearly five minutes after Busenhart’s first goal, she found the back of the net again at the 29:44 mark of the first half doubling the Dutchgirl lead to 2-0.

Barely a minute later, Busenhart added her name to a select list of former Dutchgirl soccer players.

Completing a hat trick with her third goal of the game, Busenhart joined former Dutchgirls Tugce Eroglu and Dani Roblow as the only three players to score three goals in a game wearing an Owensville uniform.

Leading 3-0, Palmer’s Dutchgirls went on to add another goal at the midway point of the first half.

Dixon was called for a hand ball in the penalty area at the 17:47 mark of the first half.

Senior Denise Clark stepped up to take the penalty kick.

Finding the back of the net, Clark gave her Dutchgirl soccer team a 4-0 lead that would hold to the end of the first half.

Netting three first-half goals, Busenhart was nowhere near finished scoring goals in front of several die hard girl’s soccer fans from Dixon and Owensville braving the rain and unseasonably cool weather at Dutchmen Field.

Just over 10 minutes into the second half, a Dixon foul led to a free kick opportunity for the Dutchgirls approximately 12 yards from the goal.

Placing the kick with precision accuracy, Busenhart netted her fourth goal of the game putting Owensville halfway to something Dutchgirl soccer has never done before.

Defeated by the mercy rule 10 times before, Palmer’s Dutchgirls now had nearly 30 minutes of soccer left to be on the good end of a mercy rule game for the first time in program history.

Not quite two minutes later, Katelyn Landolt joined the scoring frenzy with her first goal of the game on an assist from Busenhart for a 6-0 OHS lead with 27:21 left in the match.

Flipping roles, Landolt found Busenhart for her fifth goal of the night with 25:13 remaining for a 7-0 Owensville advantage.

Finding the back of the net with 9:34, 8:08 and 2:26 left in the match, Busenhart finished the match with eight goals helping her break the OHS Dutchgirl soccer single-game record of seven previous held by Eroglu.

“I was not really focused on how many goals I was getting in the game at first,” Busenhart said. “My true goal was getting my team to score 10 so we could have our first mercy rule against an opponent.”

Along with setting a new OHS mark, Busenhart became the seventh player in MSHSAA history to score eight goals in a game alongside Morgan Marlborough (Lee’s Summit North), Shelly Renegar (Liberty (Mountain View)), Aspen Patricia Hawkins (Central (Springfield)), Ashton Reuter (Maryville), Kassi Ginther (Summit Christian Academy) and Amanda Mantel (Liberty (Mountain View)).

“But when I did score the seventh goal making the score 9-0, I realized I needed this eighth goal because it would be another accomplishment for myself with help from my teammates,” Busenhart said.

Palmer’s Dutchgirls will return to action tomorrow (Thursday) in make-up action from Monday, April 2 against Newburg’s Lady Wolves in varsity-only action starting at 5 p.m. OHS is also scheduled to host Waynesville on Friday, April 6 at Dutchmen Field with the varsity match kicking off at 5 p.m.