WINONA LAKE – Grace’s women’s soccer team put on a show in front of a packed Homecoming crowd, defeating Bethel 7-0 on Saturday.
The seniors earned the spotlight for the Lady Lancers (3-5-1, 2-1 CL), scoring five of the team’s seven goals at 1st Source Bank Field.
Meredith Hollar netted a hat trick for Grace, and Hannah Miller scored two in an impressive showing for the Lady Lancers.
Grace attacked the Pilots’ defense early and often. For the duration of the match, the Pilots (4-7, 0-3 CL) were outshot 19-1.
Hollar wasted little time getting on the scoresheet, scoring within the first minute. The senior forward darted from the left side of the field into the middle and sliced her shot inside the near post just 34 seconds after kickoff.
Twenty minutes later, Hollar scored again off a quick attack. Maile Grout led Hollar with a pass on a diagonal run toward the middle of the field, and Hollar snuck a left-footed shot past the charging goalkeeper.
Miller scored her first goal of the match in the 25th minute. Kaitlyn Hayes played a perfect pass to Miller behind Bethel’s defense. Miller proceeded to dribble around the Pilots’ goalkeeper and calmly passed her shot into the empty net to make the score 3-0.
A few possessions later, Grace took a 4-0 lead. Kristelle Jadoo sent in a corner kick which was headed in the air. Kristen Bellinger let the ball bounce once and then executed a well-placed volley into the net at the 27:12 mark.
The first half ended 4-0 with Grace holding a dominant 11-0 advantage in shots.
Hollar only needed five minutes in the second half to secure her hat trick. Hayes split two defenders with a leading pass to Hollar, and Hollar placed her shot to the far post at the 49:26 mark.
Fellow Warsaw Tiger grad Liz Van Wormer made the score 6-0. Van Wormer received the ball on the right side of the field with two defenders marking her. The freshman decided to take both on, cut toward the middle and blasted a 20-yard shot just beneath the crossbar.
Miller scored the final goal of the match in the 68th minute. Corinne Villalobos sent in a cross from the right side of the field. The ball fell to Miller on the back side of the penalty box, and the senior coolly slotted her shot to the far post.
A downpour of rain made for a slick surface in the second half, causing a lengthy delay shortly after Grace’s seventh goal. The game was restarted for 30 seconds in order to reach the 70-minute mark and become an official contest, and both sides agreed to end the match at 70 minutes due to poor playing conditions.
Abby Schue earned the shutout win in goal without having to make a save. She was protected well by defenders Meredith Matson, Jadoo, Clair Snodgrass, Aubrey Feipel and McKenna Cruz.
Saturday was also Senior Day to honor the graduating class of Hollar, Miller, Grout, Hayes, Matson and Jadoo.
The Lady Lancers will stay at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a match against Indiana Wesleyan.