BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University women's soccer team (5-5-1, 4-1-1 NAC) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they picked up a 7-2 victory over Northern Vermont University-Johnson (0-13-0, 0-7-0 NAC) on Homecoming, riding on hat tricks by sophomores Jaley Martin and Mackenzie St. Pierre.
IN THE ACTION:
Bri Saulter opened the scoring for the Eagles as she was awarded a penalty kick following a hip check from NVU-Johnson's goalie Aysha Hodgdon. Continuing the scoring not even two minutes later, Shannon Dowd crossed the ball inside the box to a patiently waiting St. Pierre who one-timed a shot past Hodgdon to put the Eagles up 2-0 over the visitors. Less than a minute later, Saulter added an assist on the day as she found an open St. Pierre who sent the shot just past Hodgdon's reaching hands.
NVU-Johnson would hold Husson scoreless for the next 30 minutes despite the Eagles having multiple shots on frame. Their best scoring opportunity came when Alexa Thayer took the ball with speed down the right side of the field and sent a shot high, but was knocked down by Hodgdon. Martin gained control of the ball in the midfield and strode down the remaining length of the field, eliminating the final Badger defender between her and the goal before firing a shot to the opposite corner for her first collegiate goal.
Hodgdon stopped a late scoring attempt by the Eagles as Thayer sent a hard shot which slipped through her hands, but the Badger goalie was able to react quickly snatching the ball just before it crossed over the goal line to send Husson into halftime with a 4-0 leg up.
The Eagles wasted no time extending their edge into the second half as St. Pierre passed a short ball to Thayer on a corner kick, as the first-year quickly knocked it back her way for a give-and-go. St. Pierre took a few dribbles before sailing a shot just over Hodgdon's head to back corner to give the home team a 5-0 lead and the sophomore her first career hat trick.
NVU-Johnson would get on the board via a penalty kick with 22 minutes remaining in the match. Dezaire Youngman stepped up to the penalty marker for the Badgers, and sent a hard, rolling shot just past the dive of Eagles' keeper Jenna Dietenhofer-Diamond to cut Husson's lead, 5-1.
Martin tacked on two more goals over the span of five minutes for insurance while becoming the second Eagle to notch a hat trick on Homecoming. In between her pair of points, Badger Jordan Pelland knocked in a tally to bring the final score to 7-2.
IN BETWEEN THE POSTS:
Husson goalie Dietenhofer-Diamond cruised through 90 minutes without a single save while NVU-Johnson netminder Hodgdon recorded 11 saves on 72 minutes on the goal line and added finished out the game as a field player. Stepping in for her, Allison Irons closed out the match in net for the Badgers.
The Eagles have a late home game up next on their schedule, as they get ready to welcome the Thomas College Terriers to Boucher Field for an 8:30 p.m. fixture under the lights on Wednesday, October 23rd.