The Spring Hill College Lady Badgers soccer team dominated the Harris-Stowe State University (Mo.) Hornets in a 7-0 win at Library Field on Sunday afternoon to take the championship of the First Annual Spring Hill College Invitational. "The shot count is really the tale of the game," Spring Hill Head Coach Adam Pearce said following the contest, "We got a solid performance all the way around today." The Lady Badgers did not allow the Hornets a single shot in the game while taking 38 shots, including 16 shots-on-goal.
Almost the entirety of the match was played in front of the HSSU goal with Spring Hill goalies facing few opportunities. Senior goalkeeper Shannon Netherby of Moramar, N.J., recorded the win, but only played the first half before being relieved at halftime by freshman Brandi Harris of Titusville, Fla., who completed the duties to share the shutout.
Sophomore Kasey Pruett of Flower Mound, Tex., opened the Badger onslaught at the 11-minute mark off an assist by senior Mary Sullivan of St. Louis, Mo. Three minutes later, two senior St. Louis natives, Laura Pawlik and Megan Wientge, would work nicely together to earn Wientge her first goal of the year.
Junior Sarah Engels accepted a well-placed crossing pass from senior captain Jennifer Huber in front of the goal at 23:51 to score a third team goal as the Badger offense continued to place pressure on the Hornets. Then with just three minutes before intermission, Engels would add an assist to her totals as she combined with Sullivan to work a beautifully executed play that resulted in a Pawlik goal.
Pearce worked his reserves into the game liberally throughout the second half to the benefit of junior Maureen Sargent from Town & Country, Mo., who scored off assists from Kristin Lushington, a sophomore forward from Tallassee, and freshman Jessica Makowski of Crestview, Fla., at the 58-minute mark. The final goals of the match came just 37 seconds apart as Engels found Wientge for a score at 76:21 and Huber once again fed a pass to Pruett at 76:58. "I've been waiting for someone to step up and take leadership of this team and today our seniors did," said Pearce, "It shows what all our heart and talent can do."
Spring Hill moves to 2-2 on the season and now travels to Thomasville, Ga., to face Thomas University and Warner Southern University on September 15 and 16. Harris-Stowe falls to 1-5.