Women’s Soccer: Weekend Recap

The second weekend of the Women’s Soccer season is now in the books – let’s take a look at some of the action –

Hardin Simmons blasts Aurora, Kessler posts hat trick

HSU’s Kenne Kessler tallied her fourth career hat-trick against Aurora this past weekend (HSU Athletics photo)

Hardin-Simmons closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 7-0 win over Aurora on Sunday afternoon at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Junior Kenne Kessler had a hat trick for the Cowgirls with three goals. She now has six goals in the first four games of the year. She has scored 39 career goals and has moved into a tie for 10th place on the career goal-scoring list for the Cowgirls.

HSU dominated the game from the outset and had a 30-2 advantage in shots and a 19-0 lead in shots on goal. Kessler scored in the 13th minute off a corner kick that was sent in by Josey Meyer and one-touched by Kami Jones to Kessler for the goal. She scored again in the 16th minute off another Jones assist.

Evan Pipkin gave the Cowgirls a 3-0 lead in the 34th minute off a nice assist from freshman Madelyn Dowell and Sofia Quijano scored her first career goal at the 39:24 mark of the first half.

Kessler scored her third goal at the 57:55 mark, Elly Green scored her first career goal in the 62nd minute and Quijano added the final tally for HSU in the 84th minute.

The Cowgirls played four goalkeepers in the contest, but none saw a shot on goal. Caitlin Christiansen worked the first half. Casey Carrillo, Kayla Gable and Alyssa Sucrese split the second half. It was the first career action for Gable and Sucrese.

The Cowgirls are now 4-0 on the year and will open conference play on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Sul Ross State in Alpine. Aurora fell to 0-4 on the year.

William Smith shuts out Messiah

William Smith’s Megan Richard accounted for all the scoring in the 1-0 Heron victory over Messiah (Kevin Colton/William Smith Athletics photo)

William Smith shut out No. 2 Messiah 1-0 in a non-league game played today on Cozzens Field. The Herons improved to 3-0-0 this season, while the Falcons fell to 1-1-2.

The win marked William Smith’s third third shutout this season. Junior Megan Richard scored William Smith’s lone goal in the 49th minute. Junior goalie Veronica Romines earned her second shutout of the season, stopping all three shots she faced in the game.

Just 3:03 into the second half, Richard collected a short cross from senior Evie Manning on the right side, and scored into the open left side of the goal. It was her first goal this year. The Herons came close to getting on the scoreboard in the last few minutes of the first half when junior Megan Barwick blasted a shot off the crossbar.

The Herons finished with an 11-9 edge in shots. The Falcons had a 2-1 lead in corners.

William Smith (3-0-0) will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 13, when they travel to take on Geneseo in a non-league game at 6:30 p.m.

WashU stays unbeaten, tops Millikin

WashU freshman keeper Emma Greenfield posted her second cleansheet of the season against Millikin (WashU Athletics photo)

Top ranked and defending national champion WashingtonU posted a 5-0 win over Millikin Sunday at Francis Field in St. Louis.

With the win WashU improved to 4-0 and ran its unbeaten streak to 18 games, while Millikin suffered its first loss of the season and fell to 4-1.

Sophomore Taylor Cohen netted a pair of goals in the victory to increase her conference-leading total to six. Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield added two assists and helped preserve the second shutout of the season.

The Bears dominated the first half against Millikin, outshooting the Big Blue 17-0. Cohen scored in the 17th minute after she headed home a free kick from Greenfield. Junior Hannah Menard was also credited with an assist on the play.

Greenfield picked up her second assist in the 30th minute after her goal kick snuck through the Millikin defense which led to a breakaway goal for freshman Ellie DeConick.

Cohen added an unassisted goal in the 50th minute, and then senior Allison Cerny (77:56) added freshman Ellie Moreland (78:18) scored 26 seconds apart to round out the scoring.

Greenfield (54:30), sophomore Katy Hutson (24:30) and sophomore Olivia Emanuel (11:00, two saves) combined for the shutout in goal. WashU outshot Millikin 38-3 and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

WashU takes on Illinois Wesleyan University (3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 16, in a neural site game in Whitewater, Wis. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

Stevens-Point post another clean-sheet

UW-Stevens Point scoring leader Francesca Hamilton (UWSP Athletics – Kylie Bridenhagen photo)

UW-Stevens Point (3-2-0) extended its home shutout streak to 270 consecutive minutes to begin the season after a 3-0 win over visiting Illinois Institute of Technology (0-4-0) on Sunday.

Sophomore Amanda Maestas got the Pointers on the board late in the first half.  She netted her second of the season on an assist from freshman Gracie Wendels as UWSP took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Hamilton beat the goalkeeper one-on-one in the box and tapped in her third of the year in the 86th minute on an assist from Maddy Hardyman.

Hamilton and Hardyman connected again minutes later on a give-and-go to push the advantage to 3-0. With the two goals, Hamilton now leads the Pointers with four goals and 10 points on the season.

Senior goalkeeper Sarah Peplinski wasn’t tested until the second half and she made saves on both IIT shots on goal. It was her third clean sheet of the year, all in home victories.

The Pointers head to Lawrence on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. before returning home next Sunday, Sept. 17 for a 1:00 p.m. match-up against Ripon.



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