Eagles Explode for Win Over Berea
(Photo Courtesy of Asher Allison)
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matthew Hunter
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury University Lady Eagles improved their record to 3-5 on Tuesday night with a 6-0 win over KIAC conference for Berea College (1-4). It was a perfect night for soccer as the beautiful sunshine set over Asbury’s soccer field.
Asbury put together a near-flawless first half with three goals that started a rout of the visiting Mountaineers. Freshman Shanda Painter broke onto the scoreboard first for Asbury with a strike from inside the box in the twenty-seventh minute. Jenna Bird and Maddye Hahn were credited with the double assist as Hahn sent a ball toward the endline that Bird redirected into the box.
Approximately four minutes later Painter scored again for her second goal of the night giving Asbury a 2-0 lead late in the first half.
The third and final goal of the half came from a great pass from freshman Toria Howard to sophomore Cassie Holland in the thirty-sixth minute. hHoward’s pass took off from near midfield and settled nicely for Holland to gather the ball just outside the box. Holland’s strike found the far side of the net for the 3-0 lead.
The goals wouldn’t stop there as Asbury tallied three additional goals late in the second half.
Goal number one of the second forty-five came from senior Andrea Hasik assisted by sophomore defender Kathryn Hale in the eighty-first minute.
After Hasik’s goal made it 4-,0 Cassie Holland completed her first career hat trick with separate goals in the eighty-fifth and eighty-seventh minutes.
Seemingly, Berea was overmatched from the start as Asbury dominated every aspect of the game. Asbury controlled possession of the ball throughout the night only allowing Berea one shot on goal. Asbury bulldozed Berea in total shots with a tally of 40-1, which was a major factor in the outcome of the game. Asbury also led in corner kicks 5-1.
Berea’s lone leading stat came from goalie Katherine Downey in which she totaled thirteen saves in the loss. Lizzie Hoffa and Audrey Gray each played a half for the Eagles as Hoffa picked up the win.
The Eagles’ next appearance will come in eight days at home on September 25, against Trevecca Nazarene University at 6 p.m.