Wyatt packs a wallop in Red Devil romp

Allen Community College's Autumn Wyatt scored a career-high five goals Wednesday in leading the Red Devils to a 6-2 win over Highland. The victory comes in the conference opener for ACC.

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September 16, 2021 - 10:16 AM

Allen Community College’s Autumn Wyatt (1) controls the ball in front of Highland defender Bella Kisler. Wyatt’s five goals propelled the Red Devils to a 6-2 victory. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

If you go by the calendar, autumn doesn’t arrive for another week.

Fortunately for Allen Community College’s women, this Autumn hasn’t had to wait that long to make her presence known.

Autumn Wyatt, a sophomore out of Kansas City, Mo., helped the Red Devils get off to a roaring start in conference play, scoring a career-high five goals in a 6-2 romp over visiting Highland.

Allen Community College’s Mirla Chavarria (9) jostles for position with Highland’s Maxima Bellscheidt Wednesday in the Red Devils’ 6-2 victory. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

The victory lifts ACC to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in JCCC play.

“Over the past few games, I’ve had opportunities to finish, but I didn’t,” Wyatt said.

So Wyatt and a handful of teammates would stay around after practice sessions to work on individual scoring drills.

“I know I’ve gotta do better,” she said.

The extra practice seemed to do the trick.

Wyatt had a hat trick by intermission, along with a goal by teammate Maci Beacher.

A brief lull in Allen’s defensive concentration led to a pair of Highland Community College goals to cut ACC’s lead to 4-2.

Allen controlled the action through the second half, but couldn’t connect on much until Wyatt scored twice, 55 seconds apart, midway through the period to end any suspense.

Even with the comfortable lead, the girls wanted more.

“You could see at halftime, even though we were up 4-2, they looked like we were losing,” Allen head coach Jeremy McGinnis said. “You could see it in their eyes.

“Part of me likes that, that they’re not happy with giving up two goals,” he continued. “We hold ourselves to a pretty high standard. Expectations are really high.”

That pressure can also be a problem, McGinnis said. 

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