Lady Hilltoppers shut out Chase, 7-0
Behind a first-half hat trick from freshman Emily Wilson, the R-S Central Lady Hilltoppers blanked the Chase Trojans, 7 -0, Thursday night at Chase.
Leah King kicked off the scoring frenzy for Central in the fifth minute with a long-rage shot from 15 yards out that found the back of the net.
Chase had trouble maintaining possessions as the ball stayed of the Trojan half of the field for much of the first half.
Wilson’s first goal came on a breakaway that left her one-on-one with the Chase goalie. Wilson’s right-footed shot from Wilson rolled into the left side of the Trojan goal giving Central a 2-0 lead just 17 minutes into the game.
Wilson scored her second of the night just a few minutes later benefiting from a fight for the ball in front of the Chase goal as she knocked it into the net.
The third of Wilson’s goals was gift-wrapped in the 29th minute when an Emily McLaughlin cross from the right side found its way through two Chase defenders and another Hilltopper before Wilson bounced a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and into the goal putting Central on top, 4-0.
Karsyn Kearns capped the Central scoring in the first half in the 36th minute taking advantage of a defensive hiccup by Chase by scoring from eight yards out. Central took a 5-0 lead into halftime.
“I thought Chase played harder than we did in the first half despite the five goals,” Rumfelt said. “We had a few goals handed to us.”
Chase made a switch a halftime putting Harley Cline between the pipes at goal replacing Bailey Campfield. However, McLaughlin finally got a shot to go into the net in the 51st minute on an assist from Taylor Williamson.
“They did a good job keying in on McLaughlin tonight and really beat her up some,” Rumfelt said. “She did a good job controlling her emotions.”
Williamson finished a strong half by scoring the final goal of the night in the 75th minute to account for the 7-0 final.
“Wison, Kearns and Williamson are a great set of freshman,” Rumfelt said. “I really trust the ball in their hands.”
“Our biggest problem now is a lack of communication,” Chase head coach Scott Hopper said after the loss. “They are all so new to each other so they don’t have that communication yet..we’re expecting improvement but we still have a lot to do.”
“I’m not satisfied with this because this isn’t good enough to beat some other teams,” Rumfelt said. “We missed some good shots in the second half. We need those in close games.”
Central returns to action Saturday against Kings Mountain at Burn High School in Lawndale for a 2 p.m. start while the Trojans look ahead to their next match on Tuesday against Burns at 6 p.m.