BROOKLINE, Mass. – Leah Hibbad paced the Eagles’ offense with her first career hat trick as the Husson University women’s soccer team picked up a 9-1 non-conference victory over Newbury College on Fridayevening at M&M Field on the campus of Hellenic College.
With the loss, the Nighthawks drop to 0-3 on the season while the Eagles improve to 1-1.
Husson’s Kathryn McGinness opened the scoring in the 3rd minute before Brianna Saulter doubled the visitor’s lead just four minutes later. Both McGinnis and Saulter scored a pair of goals for the Eagles while Saulter also added an assist.
Keely Molloy would cut Husson’s lead in half in just 14 seconds after Saulter’s opener when she slotted home the rebound from senior Shannon Walsh’s shot attempt.
The early goal was the only offense Newbury could manage as they finished the match with 12 shots, seven of which were on target. Walsh had a team high seven shots and four shots on frame.
Husson’s bombarded Sass in net, tallying 52 total shots on frame, with 34 hitting the target.
Hibbad became the first Eagle to tally three goals in a single-game since Alex Laniewski at Green Mountain in 2011 with goals in the 35th, 54th and 58th minutes. Hibbad took 21 shots in the game to lead all players as she eclipsed Hannah Clough’s previous HU single-game mark of 17, that was just set last season vs. Thomas (Maine). The senior striker also added two assists for a career high eight point night, the most points score in a single-game since Laniewski recorded nine vs. UMaine-Machias in 2009.
Goalkeeper Sami Ireland earned her first career victory in net for Husson stopping three shots in 45 minutes of action. Jordyn Hopkins played the second half for the Eagles, making three saves as well.
Nighthawks goalkeeper Nolle Sass set a new school record with 25 saves.