Led by Abby Schacht‘s hat trick, the Hillsboro Hawks got back on the winning track on Wednesday, defeating Ritenour, 5-0. The win gives the Hawks a 2-1 record in the 11th Annual Hillsboro Girls Soccer Tournament. There are three games today, but the Hawks are off until Saturday when they’ll play for third place at 1:30 p.m.
Against Ritenour, Hillsboro got all its scoring from two people…Abby Schacht netted three goals, and Faith Wilson hit the back of the net twice. Despite only two players scoring, head coach Chris Schacht saw some encouraging things from his team. “It looked like we were a little more dialed in as a unit today,” he said after the game. “Even with the tough, windy conditions, we possessed the ball quite a bit and connected over 250 passes as a team. We had 16 shots and five corners which tells me that we’re generating offense. But the big thing that I saw is that we weren’t content to sit back and just try to counter the entire game. We built our attack with numbers going forward, which gives us more options on the attacking end of the field. It was a nice job overall by the entire team.”
It didn’t take long for the Hawks to get things going as Wilson scored her first goal of the match at 3:22 with an assist from Payton Kuehn. Wilson, who had never scored a varsity goal until Tuesday when she scored two, has all of a sudden shown a propensity to be a goal scoring threat. “Personally as a player, I’ve always been very assist minded,” Wilson admits. “I played with Jillian Schlote for three years, and this is my fourth year with Abby, and I had just focused on getting them the ball in a good position. However, with Jillian gone, there was a need to be filled with scoring, and I stepped up.” And she would step again later in the match.
It stayed 1-0 until the 24:07 mark when Schacht scored making it 2-0. Bre Sebaugh earned the assist on that goal. Schacht and Sebaugh would connect again with just 35 seconds remaining in the first half. Schacht’s second goal gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
Both Wilson and Schacht would score once more in the second half. Wilson scored at the 59:41 mark with help from Mollie Dulle. So in a matter of two days, Wilson’s career goal total has gone from zero to four. “My first thought is always looking for the assist, but I’m also realizing that I have the ability to step up and make some goals for my team,” Wilson pointed out. “Abby and I work really well together, so I’m excited to see what this season will bring.”
Schacht would get the hat trick with just ten minutes to go in the match, this time off an assist from Colleen Theiss. Schacht said it was nice to have some room to work on Wednesday. “It seemed like I was allowed to move up the field more than usual, and we took advantage of the chances that we were given,” Schacht said. “We attacked better as a whole.”
Kenzie Baker wasn’t tested much in goal, but she picked up the shutout, making one save.
Hillsboro is now 6-5 on the season and await Saturday’s third place game opponent. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.