ANGOR, Maine – The Husson University women’s soccer team defeated Lyndon State College, 11-0, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup at John P. Boucher Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-4-0 (3-1-0 NAC) while the Hornets drop to 0-7-1 (0-3-1 NAC).
Leah Hibbad and Morgan Carver were both key attributes in the 11-0 win. Hibbad collected four goals and three assists while Carver tallied three goals becoming the third set of teammates to record a hat tricks in the same game and the first since Melissa Achorn and Kristen Pelletier at St. Joseph (VT) on October 6, 2001.
Husson started off strong in the first 30 seconds with a header shot by Carver which missed and went wide. The Eagles pushed on and collected another seven shots before Carver found the back of the net in the 14:48minute.
Carver attempted another header shot but the ball went wide once again. Carver’s motivation for another goal pulled through after a pass from Brianna Saulter, giving Husson a 2-0 lead with 22 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Eagles improved the score, 3-0, after Joan Overman passed the ball to Hibbad who found the back of the net for her first goal of the game. Just 3 minutes later, Hannah Smith assisted in another Hibbad goal. Hibbad shot the ball past the Lyndon goalkeeper to give Husson a 4-0 lead and her 100th career point. She is the fifth Eagle in program history to join the 100 point club and the first since Shelby Bradford ’10.
Overman then answered back with her first goal of the 2017-18 season with just under 3 minutes to play in the first half, goal assisted by Kylie O’Connell.
Just minutes into the second half, Hibbad powered her third shot into the back of the net to record Husson’s first hat-trick at home in four years, while extending the Eagle lead, 6-0, over the Hornets.
Over the next 10 minutes, Husson recorded three more goals. Carver record her third goal of the game in the 53:27 mark – becoming the first first-year player to record a hat-trick in nine years and the fifth overall – Taylor Fortin at 57:50 and Hibbad just 16 seconds later for her 13th goal on the season to become the first Husson women’s soccer player to score four goals in a single-game nine years.
Fortin collected her third goal of the season in the 61st minute after powering through the defense and finding the back of the net. Alex Speed recorded her first goal of the season as she soared a shot past the goalkeeper to give Husson an 11-0 lead.
In the Husson goal, Sami Ireland played the first 57 minutes and didn’t face a shot while Jordyn Hopkinsrecorded two saves in the final 32 minutes. Victoria McCormack tallied two saves while Johanna Sargent had 13 stops for the Hornets.
Husson key players in the 11-0 win: Hibbad finished with 11 points (four goals, three assists), the second most points in a single-game in program history and the first double-digit point game by an Eagle player in ten years, Carver (three goals), Overman (one goal and an assist), Fortin (two goals), Alex Speed (one goal), Saulter (two assists), Smith (a assist), O’Connell (a assist) and Kathryn McGinnis (a assist).