In a statement opening against conference opponents for the 2019 season, the Lawrence Technological University women's soccer team beat the Rochester College (Mich.) Warriors 9-0 on Saturday, September 25. Leading the Blue Devil squad was a hat-trick posted by Katelyn Mather, scoring twice in the first and once in the second.
The Blue Devils (5-2-0, 1-0-0) and the Warriors (0-8-0, 0-1-0) kept stride with eachother for the first moments of the game, remaining scoreless for the opening 15 minutes, despite the attempts made by LTU. However, opening the game and scoring first was Madison Bolonga unassisted. Shortly after, the Blue Devils went on a rampage scoring four goals in the remaining minutes of the half, starting with an unassisted goal by DiOnna Hill at the 33 minute mark. Right after her was another notch in the score column at the 34th minute, placed by Dahlia Jerovsek. Mather then went to score back to back goals in late moments of the period, the second of which was assisted by Alexus Barnes.
Going into the second, the Blue Devils had a few new faces entered the game, including Renee Anderson relieving Rebecca Almandoz, with both goalies posting a shut out. It was Mather who started the scoring for LTU at the 61st minute, with an assist from Madison Bologna after another scoreless 15 minutes to open the half. Once they found their footing again, LTU let loose and grabbed two more goals in the late minutes of the game. In the 65th minute, Dionna Hill grabbed a goal with an assist from Alayne Nyboer to place it past the Rochester goalie. Then, Nyboer had an appearance in the scoring column with an unassisted goal from deep in the midfield for a goal at the 67th mark. Despite their best efforts, the Warriors made a few critical mistakes as the game wore on and scored on themselves, pushing the final score to 9-0 in favor of the home team.
Lawrence Tech now prepares for their next game of the season on the road against Madonna University (Mich.), another WHAC opponent. The Crusaders (5-1-1, 0-0-0) are fresh off their own domination of a team, Point Park (Penn.) where they ran past the pioneers for an 8-0 win last Saturday. The Blue Devils play Madonna on Saturday, September 28th at 4:30 p.m.