BY RUSTY WHITCHER
It seems as though history just keeps writing itself for the Hesston College women’s soccer team.
The Larks set a school record for goals in a game in a 15-0 shellacking of Neosho County Community College on Aug. 25 before notching the first ever 3-0 start by an HC women’s soccer team with a 3-0 shutout of Mountain View College in Dallas on Aug. 28.
“We got off to a slow start on Friday, but began to play better as the game went on,” Head Coach Bryan Kehr said. “The slow start may have been due to the seven hour road trip; the traffic in Dallas slowed us up a bit.”
Genessis Martinez scored the first Lark goal on a pass from Sarah Hoover in the 22nd minute. Martinez’s goal was the lone tally of the first half as the Larks held the 1-0 advantage.
Allison Ebersole continued her torrid scoring, finding the back of the net off of a pass from Mika Matsuda to extend the Lark lead to 2-0. Jayme Bowers, who started in goal in the first half for the Larks, switched positions and recorded her second goal of the season in the 86th minute.
“Rachel Brown, our central defender from McKinney, Texas played an inspired game and along with the rest of the defenders, Chief, Meredith, Chase and Jenna, really limited Mountain View's scoring chances,” Kehr said. “We also missed some good chances early on, but in the second half we kept the pressure on for a great road victory. Bowers and Cassidy Bontrager again shared goalkeeping duties and together recorded the shutout.We have great team cohesion and players who are playing not only for themselves but for each other. Our sophomores are providing great leadership in practice and in games.”
Competition will pick up as the Larks take on Region VI foe, Dodge City Community College on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. before returning home to host Kansas City Kansas Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.