HAMMOND, Ind. – Behind Brianna Leggett’s first career hat trick, the Purdue University Calumet women’s soccer team snapped a 11-match losing streak and captured its first conference victory in the process with Saturday’s 4-0 shutout of visiting Holy Cross College.
Leggett (Allegan, Mich./Allegan), a freshman, scored goals in the 7th, 11th, and 42nd minutes to give the Peregrines (2-13-1, 1-9 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) a 3-0 lead at the break.
She found the first on a pass ahead from Kami Graber (Nashville, Ind./Brown County) that turned into a breakaway down the right side before finishing the second on cross assist from classmate Shelby Ross (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North). The third was on an unassisted play, as she found the ball near the box and finished down the right side for her final score.
The Peregrines’ Tiffani Kotas (Alsip, Ill./Alan B. Shepard) then recorded her first career goal shortly after halftime, as she took a rebound off the post on Michelle Wartman’s (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) shot and beat the keeper to extend the lead to 4-0.
Freshman keeper Kelley Sharp (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) picked up her first career victory and shutout with a stellar performance in goal with five saves.
Purdue Calumet outshot the Saints (2-13-1, 1-9) by a convincing 25-7 margin, including 11-5 on goal, and had more corner kicks, 7-2. Ross led the Peregrines in shots with six and Leggett finished with five, putting all three on goal in the net.
Holy Cross keeper Hayley Deisinger had eight saves in the losing effort.
Purdue Calumet returns to action Oct. 27 when the Peregrines travel to Trinity Christian for a CCAC road matchup. Purdue Calumet will play its final home game and celebrate senior Kami Graber when the Peregrines return home on Saturday, Oct. 31, with a regular-season finale against Calumet St. Joseph.