Neither the wind nor a sore ankle could slow down Kayla Vitztum against Great Bend.
The Thomas More Prep-Marian standout scored four goals to lead the Monarchs to a 5-1 victory over the Panthers on Monday at Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex as the teams battled winds gusts of about 45 miles an hour.
Vitztum showed no ill-affects from an ankle injury that forced her to sit out the second half of TMP's loss to Miege this past Saturday.
"She wasn't showing it," TMP coach Darryl Wellbrock said. "I was getting phone calls this morning, 'I'll be good. I can wrap it. I'll be fine.' She hasn't been off it for that long, but she didn't show it."
Vitztum and the Monarchs (9-4) were able to take advantage when the wind was at their backs in the first half, scoring four goals. Vitztum had a hat trick in the first half and Ashley Ostrander netted TMP's other goal.
Vitztum scored her fourth goal early in the second half to help the Monarchs stay in control.
"We didn't want a repeat of what we had against Liberal," Wellbrock said, referencing an earlier loss when the Monarchs surrendered a 3-0 lead. "I thought our defense was pretty good the second half."
TMP faced two tough tests last weekend in the Catholic Schools Classic hosted by Miege. They beat Hayden 3-1 before falling 6-1 to Miege.
"We played good soccer against Hayden," Wellbrock said. "And I think we were just getting tired when we played Bishop Miege."
Allison Applequist played the entire game in goal Monday for the Monarchs, who will play host to Garden City on Thursday.