“We played really well with our passing,” Western coach Nicole Jackson said. “We struggle playing at Peru on the smaller field. I was really proud of our passing, and our defensive line played well. They kept the ball up, they kept it at midfield and allowed us to play our game.
Jackson said that sweeper/stopper Emily Hawkins “had an outstanding game in the back” as Western won its Mid-Indiana Conference opener and improved to 2-1 overall.
EASTERN 12, FRANKFORT 1
Savannah Rees had six goals, Mikaela Malott added a pair of goals and Elena White, Marissa Evenson, Sam Ward, Josey Hawkins each netted one as the Comets improved to 3-0 with a home win. White had two assists, Evenson, Sara Snyder and Emily Richards each added one. Brooke Stout had four saves.
“We just played like we did against Tri-Central: We established early, played our game. I’m very pleased with how they’re playing. I’m hoping we can continue and build on this,” Eastern coach Chris Rees said, noting two upcoming league. Eastern hosts Peru on Thursday, then “we have Hamilton Heights on Saturday. That’s a team we’ve never beat so I’m hoping we do well against them.”
NW 3, OAK HILL 0
Brooke Treadway opened the scoring off a Kennedy Priday assist and then Priday netted a goal off a Cate Hale feed to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Brandi Harmon scored Northwestern’s third goal off another Hale Feed as the Purple Tigers evened their record at 1-1.
“My freshmen, they showed themselves well, and they were possessing the ball as a team as a team,” NW coach Samantha Elkins said. “It was a good learning opportunity. We’re just working through to find our greatest strengths and there they are. [It was] a good early-season game I’d say.”