September 5, 2015

Wolverine offense explodes past Marietta

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Freshman Krista Heckman (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) scored the first two goals of her collegiate career just 26 seconds apart and five different players in total scored as the Grove City College women's soccer team rolled to a 6-0 victory over Marietta on Saturday afternoon at College Field.

Senior forward Kristin Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Chapelgate Christian) netted her team-leading third goal of the season while junior forward Ellen Benbow (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon), sophomore midfielder Lindsay Hutton (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) and junior midfielder Natalie Silk (Hudson, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian) each netted their first goals of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Nicole Lapia (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) stopped one shot in goal over the first 70 minutes to earn the victory in goal while freshman Trisha Winters (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton) played the final 20 minutes to combine for the shutout.

Grove City (2-0-1) jumped out to an early lead when senior Sammie Wild (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) dribble along the left endline and crossed a ball to Thomas, who headed it inside the right post for her third goal of the season to give the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage.

Benbow doubled the Grove City edge in the 40th minute when Lacy Harkrader found her in the center of the box for a strong finish to make it a 2-0 game at halftime.

Hutton wasted little time in the second half to push the lead to 3-0. Following a Pioneer turnover, Hutton broke away from the defense and blasted a ball high that brushed off goalkeeper Danielle Locher's fingertips before finding the back of the net in the 51st minute.

Heckman scored her first collegiate goal unassisted at the 68:19 mark and then, just 26 seconds later, Silk played a ball ahead to Heckman, who beat Locher in a one-on-one for her second goal of the day to extend Grove City's lead to 5-0.

Silk would close the Wolverine scoring in the 79th minute when Brie Hughes found her in front of the goal to make it a 6-0 game. For Hughes, it was her first collegiate assist.

The Wolverines (2-0-1) return to action next weekend when they play in the SUNY-Fredonia Blue Devil Classic. Grove City will play SUNY-Oswego on Friday at 1 p.m. and then take on the host Blue Devils on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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