By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
ANKENY, Iowa – Stout defense paired with a potent offensive attack made for an exciting season opener for the Stephens College soccer team Saturday. The Stars (1-0-0) ran away with a 13-0 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College (0-1-0), shattering several records along the way.
Prior to Saturday’s contest, the most goals scored in a single game by a Stephens team was four. That also happened to be against the Faith Baptist Eagles. The Star defense completely shut down FBBC, holding the home team without a shot for all 90 minutes.
Offensively, it was a collective effort as nine different SC players registered a goal. The group made up of Savannah Thibault, Sierra Thibault, Allie Wilson and Gerica Curry scored two goals apiece, while Anna Martin, Martha Noelker, Megan Peterson, Sarah Vitel and Miranda Mammen each contributed one goal to the final box score.
Of the nine goal scorers, five were freshmen and eight found the back of the net for the first time in their career.
Within the first 15 minutes of the match, the Stars showed that they had the upper hand as they jumped ahead, 4-0. Freshman defender Savannah Thibault put Stephens on the scoreboard first in the seventh minute, which also marked the Stars’ first goal of 2015. Fellow freshmen Allie Wilson and Martha Noelker followed suit shortly after with goals at the 8:45 and 11:13 mark.
SC took a commanding 8-0 lead into halftime after out-shooting the Eagles 23-0. Allie Wilson paced the Stars in the first half with four shots and two goals.
It didn’t take long for Stephens to find its way into Faith Baptist territory following the break. Senior Anna Martin kicked one top shelf in the 52nd minute to score her first career goal. Captain Morgan Daniels was credited with her second assist of the match.
The Stars continued to move the ball around and distribute it evenly throughout the second period, eventually knocking in four more goals.
Other Stars to register a point included Katelin Lawrence and Sammy Dorman, who each had one assist apiece.
Stephens welcomes MacMurray College to Columbia, Mo., on Wednesday. Kickoff for the home opener is set for 4 p.m. at Cosmo Park, Field #4.
Also new this season, StephensStars.com is excited to feature live video streaming for all home sporting events (weather permitting). Be sure to look for the video icon on the Scoreboard, Sport Schedule or Live Media Schedule.
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