Painter Lights Up the Scoreboard as Eagles Roll
OWENSBORO, Ky. - Wednesday night’s win against Brescia University (2-14) could be an indicator that the Asbury women’s soccer team is where they want to be at this point in the season as they rolled over their hosts 9-0 for their fourth conference win in as many tries this season. The Eagles have seemingly hit their stride at the right time of the season as the win marks three wins in a row headed into their showdown with Point Park University on Saturday afternoon.
“We set the tempo early and executed what we wanted to do pretty much all night,” first year coach Brooke Lincoln said after the match.
Freshman Shanda Painter provided all the scoring the Eagles would need with a resounding five goals-- bringing her season total to 12. Painter’s hat trick plus two marked the fourth time the freshman has scored multiple goals in a game this season.
Junior Meredith Ury also chipped in two scores for the Eagles, as well as one each from sophomore Jenna Bird and freshman Toria Howard. Notably, eight of the Eagles’ nine tallies were scored by underclassmen signaling that the future and present is bright for this Lady Eagles soccer team.
From the outset, Asbury (7-8) dominated in every aspect. In the first half, six of Asbury’s 14 shots found the net. Asbury’s backline was strong as well, only allowing five Bearcat shots.
The second half was much of the same as Asbury had 11 shots including three goals, while Brescia managed just four. Sophomore goalkeeper Lizzie Hoffa collected her second shutout of the season by keeping the Bearcats off the scoreboard.
With only two games remaining before postseason play, the Eagles are seemingly already playing in postseason form. “The girls are playing well right now as they continue to learn the system. We are on a roll and confidence is building,” Lincoln added of her team’s recent performance.
The Eagles now turn their focus to Saturday’s match as the KIAC’s top two women’s soccer teams face off here in Wilmore with no. 1 seed implications for the postseason on the line. Asbury, who is undefeated in KIAC play this season, will battle it out against Point Park University—4-0-1 in KIAC play—for the number one seed headed into the final week of the regular season.
Prior to the 1 p.m. start the Eagles will honor seniors Casey Greer, Andrea Hasik, and Victoria Thompson for Senior Day in the midst of all the homecoming festivities.