Women's Soccer Stays Unbeaten in KIAC with 8-1 Win
With AsburyEagles.com writer Matthew Hunter, Photo courtesy of Bryan Garrett.
WILMORE, Ky. - Chilly, rainy, and wet conditions didn’t keep the Eagles’ women’s soccer team from putting up a season-high eight goals against the Midway College Eagles (3-9) on Thursday night. With only ten minutes between the end of the men’s and the start of the women’s soccer games, the Eagles (6-8) looked primed for postseason play as they defeated their KIAC counterpart 8-1, pouring it on early and often.
Asbury didn’t wait long to get the scoring going as sophomore Jenna Bird scored her second goal on the season in the 7th minute. Bird dribbled down the right side of the field, and as she prepared to serve up what looked like a cross to a fellow teammate, she fooled everyone and flew the ball from fifteen years out and hit the corner of the net.
Approximately ten minutes later junior Meredith Ury found freshman Shana Painter for goal number two on the night. Ury crossed the ball into Painter who proceeded to kick the ball in. The assist was Ury’s team-leading fifth on the season.
Ury didn’t stop contributing for her team there as she would score the third and final goal of the half in the nineteenth minute. Freshman Maddye Hahn headed a through ball to Ury from near midfield as the junior forward took it the rest of the way for the score.
The second half began with a comfortable Asbury lead, but Eagles coach Brooke Lincoln urged her team to stay aggressive. And that’s just what they did.
Ury and Bird continued their scoring with goals number four and five for the Eagles early in the second half. The goals would come within two minutes of each other. Ury scored her second goal on the night at the 47-minute mark, then Bird and Hahn hooked up for an assist and tally in just the 48th minute. Hahn’s final assist on the night would bring her season total to three.
Ury would complete her first career hat-trick in the 57th minute by beating several Midway defenders. Ury’s goal would also give her a total four on the season, good enough for second on the team.
After being outscored 6-0, Midway would not go down in a shutout. Midway forward Lorna Mason would find the back of the net for the visiting Eagles in the 59th minute.
Goals number seven and eight for Asbury were just the icing on the cake as Painter and senior Andrea Hasik scored the final goals on the night. Painter’s goal would give her two on the night, and giving her seven for the season—a team high.
The game would be called with 12:25 remaining due to unplayable field conditions, but as stated in the NCAA rule book a game can count as completed after 70-minutes of play.
With the win, Asbury remained undefeated in KIAC play for the season. Their KIAC record of 3-0 gives them a tie for first place with Point Park University, who they will play in a crucial conference battle on October 26 here in Wilmore.
The Eagles’ next game is set for Wednesday, October 23 as they travel to Owensboro, Ky., to take on Brescia University at 7 p.m.