Huntington, Ind. - The Forester women’s soccer team took care of business in dominating fashion Wednesday afternoon with a 6-0 blowout against the Pomeroys of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College.
Brittany Hartman led the attack with her first collegiate hat trick, scoring HU’s first, third and fourth goals. Her first goal came at the 19:56 mark when Karina Maldonado dribbled through midfield and played a ball to Hartman who slotted it past the keeper. Hartman’s second goal came a minute into the second half on another assist from Maldonado. Sam Cubic then found Hartman for her third and final goal just two minutes later to complete the rare hat trick.
Two other Foresters got their names into HU's record books by netting their first career goal. Alex Shaffer found an empty net after dribbling through the defense and striking the ball from the left side of the 18 in the 32nd minute of play. Kaitlyn Dreman also knocked one past the keeper on an assist from Courtney Baker just before game’s end.
Rachel Mathew was credited with HU’s fifth goal 13 minutes into the second period on a well-executed play where Dreman played the ball through down the right side to Mathews who took one-touch and struck side netting.
The Foresters stayed on attack for much of the game, outshooting the Pomeroys 41-7. In just over 63 minutes of play, HU keeper Jillian Stiemke recorded two saves and was credited with the shutout. Mary Whybrew came in for relief for the final 27 minutes and finished with one save.
“We are happy with the result that we got today, anytime you can win you have to be happy about it,” said Coach Burgher. “We still aren’t playing the best soccer we can though. We are missing too many of our chances and if that continues it will haunt us. We had 41 shots, 21 on frame, and 6 goals. If we want to compete with the top teams, we have to make the most of our chances.”
“This win puts us over .500 on the season and gives us more momentum going into Saturday’s match against Rochester.”
HU moves to 3-2 on the season. They are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Rochester College for a 4:30 p.m. start.