By: Brendan Burris ~Staff Writer~
A 4-0 victory highlighted the weekend for the women’s soccer team, whose victory led it to a 5-2 record early on in the season. Taking on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-7-0), the Musketeers scored four first half goals, then hung on to the clean sheet for the second half.
The game was won on the backs of freshman midfield combo Kylie Hohlt and Jessica Miller, with the former scoring three minutes into the game, and the latter scoring two goals in less than a half.
The fourth goal was credited as an own goal by EKU. Coming off the bench, Miller scored her first two goals as a Musketeer in quick succession, showing again the talent in what has proved to be a strong freshman class for the team. In addition, Hohlt’s goal was scored on her only shot of the game and the seventh in her first season.
In their last three games, the team has scored 11 goals, taking its season total up to 20, doubling the total from the previous season with 11 games left to play and the conference season yet to start.
“We have a big team full of a ton of kids that could play 90 minutes and a starting lineup of girls from each class,” senior defender Maria Libertin said. “It’s really cool just seeing the chemistry finally come together on the field.”
The win versus EKU marked the third consecutive shutout for the team, leading the Big East office to recognize junior goalkeeper Rachel Piccus as Big East Goalkeeper of the Week. Piccus made five saves behind the Musketeers defense in the 4-0 victory against EKU and has not given up a goal in four games played since the team’s Aug. 30 game against Morehead State.
The team begins a four game homestand against Ohio University at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. After that, its Crosstown Shootout against Cincinnati will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. They begin Big East conference play against the DePaul Blue Demons at 2 p.m. on Sept. 26.
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