NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Behind a unprecedented offensive explosion, the Purdue University Northwest women’s soccer team blanked conference foe Holy Cross College 7-0 Saturday on the road.
The Pride (5-10, 3-7 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) saw its first hat trick of the season from any player, as freshman Alex
Vega (West Chicago, Ill./Community) connected for three-straight goals and classmate Amari Andrews (Chicago, Ill./Thornwood) added two more to lead the big offensive effort.
Freshman Mariah Fowler (Griffith, Ind./Griffith) and sophomore Shelby Ross (Nashville, Ind./Columbus North) added one goal apiece for PNW, which snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.
Sophomore keepers Lucie Ashmore (Greystones, Ireland/St. Gerard’s School) and Kelley Sharp (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) teamed up to collect the shutout, as Ashmore started the contest and Sharp had two saves in the second 45 minutes.
Ross picked up the game winner in just the 12’ on an unassisted strike, followed by three-straight scores from Vega to make it 4-0 in the 40’. Fowler added the fifth before the half on a pass from Marisa Jayne (Hartland, Mich./Hartland) to give PNW a 5-0 lead at the break.
Andrews would add the final two scores in the 52’ and 59’, the first on an assist from Fowler, to give the final 7-0 score.
The win marked the second shutout of the season and the biggest offensive production of the season for PNW, who outshot the Saints (2-14, 0-10) by a 26-4 margin and totaled 13 corner kicks compared to zero for HCC.
Purdue Northwest returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the Pride host Trinity Christian in their home finale at Pepsi Field. Game time is set for 3 p.m. CT at Dowling Park.