Covering High School Sports in America
Marion (Ill.) started its 2012 spring girls soccer season about as successfully as possible: A 19-0 victory over Cahokia on Tuesday.

Was it excessive? That's part of the endless debate in prep sports.

The Daily Republican in Marion, Ill., reports that the scoring outburst tied a pair of Illinois High School Association records: Most goals scored in a match by two combined teams, and most goals by one team in a match. Marion became the fourth team to equal the record.

Emily Dickman and Daria Hibbler each put the ball in the back of the net five times, with Dickman netting all five in the first half and Hibbler posting three of hers in the first half. It was 10-0 at the break.

It wasn't all offense, either. Marion also held Cahokia without a shot.

Basketball and football blowouts garner the most attention, and some states have passed rules to try and lessen the carnage. But what about soccer? Does the sport need some sort of policy on excessive scoring in blowouts, or is this an isolated incident?

In Georgia, there is a mercy rule, and it was invoked in less than 20 minutes as Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) jumped up 10-0 on East Coweta in about 20 minutes Thursday, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.