BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – After an 11-0 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) win over Calumet College of St. Joe (Ind.) on Saturday, Oct. 19, the No. 17 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team sits alone atop the conference standings. The Tigers have just four matches left before heading to the post season, three conference matches.
The Tigers (10-3-1, 6-1-1) dominated in every aspect of the match, from start to finish. Olivet took 29 shots to the Crimson Waves two, of those 19 Tigers shots were on goal. Sophomore keeper Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.) had both Tigers saves in the second half.
Freshman Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) finished the evening with her first multi-goal game of her Tiger career, including the game winning goal just nine minutes into the match off of a pass from sophomore Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.). She added her second goal at the 54:43 mark off of another Hetrick pass.
Hetrick not only dished out two assists to West, she added her own hat trick of goals. West reciprocated the gift with a cross pass to the center that Hetrick headed in at the 16:15 mark for her first goal and the second for the Tigers. She added her next two, unassisted at 45:15 and 51:21 to open up the second half. The three-goal match was Hetrick’s second this season.
Sophomore Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) added two goals, while juniors Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) and McKenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) and freshmen Megan Woods (North Canton, Ohio) and Julia Luecke (Freeport, Ill.) each added one. Higer took advantage of a loose ball in the box to net the Tigers third goal of the game. Wahl followed with back-to-back goals, both unassisted, at the 40:45 mark and right away at the 42:27 to send the teams to the half with the Tigers up 5-0.
Luecke posted her first career goal as a Tiger with a rebound shot seven minutes into the second half. Woods took a pass from freshman Jenna Ayers (Colfax, Ill.) at 62:23 for her second goal of the season. Hengesh finished things off with just 10 minutes left to play with an assisted goal.
Olivet will enjoy a week off before honoring their seniors on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:00 p.m. when they take on Illinois Institute of Technology in a non-conference matchup.