The Lady Badgers soccer team of Spring Hill College tied a school record for wins in a single season by picking up their ninth victory of the season with a 3-0 decision over the visiting Pilots of LSU-Shreveport on Saturday. "If there's a team that deserves to hold that record, it's this one," said Head Coach Adam Pearce, "I've told them that when they decide to put things together they are as good as anyone in this conference."
This edition of the Lady Badgers stands at 9-6-1 with two matches remaining in the regular season to pass the 9-12 record currently held by the 2003 squad.
At halftime, the match was scoreless with both teams appearing to lack an emotional edge. Spring Hill offensively dominated the ball in the first period, but failed to find a passing combination capable of scoring.
In the second period, however, Spring Hill's offense erupted for 17 shots and three goals to secure the win. The first goal came off the foot of junior Sarah Engels of St. Louis, Mo. at the 53:18 mark via a nice passing play from seniors Jennifer Huber and Megan Wientge.
The second goal came less than one minute later at 54:12 when sophomore Kasey Pruett scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season from passes by junior Maureen Sargent and Engels. A header by Huber at 84:56 salted the match away for the Lady Badgers with the third goal as Sargent and Pruett once again assisted on the play.
When asked about the second half turnaround by his team Pearce said, "At the break, we just talked about needing to get back to basic discipline. We needed to make sure we had a good first touch on the ball, find feet with our passes and start to really test their goalkeeper. We did all that and it paid off."
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Netherby registered the eighth shutout of the year for Spring Hill with two saves against just five shots.
The Spring Hill women next play at No. 16 William Carey (15-0) in a conference match in Hattiesburg, Miss., at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.