By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Stephens College soccer team had some offensive success as it cruised past Lincoln Christian University on Saturday, 11-1.
The game was part of Welcome Home Family and Friends Weekend and marks the second time this year the Stars have scored 10+ goals, the first coming against Faith Baptist Bible in the season opener. With the blowout victory over Lincoln Christian (4-4), the Stars moved to 3-6-1 on the season to tie last year’s win total.
Freshman point leader Martha Noelker, who registered a hat trick against Columbia College on Tuesday and set a single-game record for goals, one-upped her mark with a new program best of four goals against the visiting Red Lions.
Noelker put the Stars on the scoreboard first with a one-timer in the sixth minute of play. Defender Lex Rinehart extended SC’s lead in the 12th minute off a Sierra Thibault corner. Deflecting off Noelker’s foot, Rinehart blasted a shot to the lower right and scored her first career goal.
Defensively, the Stars did a great job of keeping LCU sharpshooters Abigail Crockett and Rachel Johnson in check. Entering Saturday’s match, the duo had accounted for 38 of the Red Lions’ 44 goals on the season. Midfielder Abigail Crockett, who ranked first in the NAIA in goals scored (27), was limited to one and scored Lincoln Christian’s only goal of the day in the 18th minute.
Martha Noelker recorded her second goal of the day (26:43) from the right wing and delivering a shot off the right post into the back of the net. Just one minute later, Allie Wilson got in on the scoring action. Beginning with a cross from Megan Peterson and a header from Dani Wilson, Allie capped off the sequence with a header of her own to put the Stars ahead 4-1.
Stephens scored once more before halftime to take a 5-1 advantage into the break.
The potent offensive attack carried over into the second period as the Stars scored a barrage of goals in a seven-minute span. Another reoccurring theme was selfless play by the entire SC squad as the team registered 10 assists on 11 goals. Dani Wilson, Megan Peterson and Sierra Thibault each dished out a pair of assists.
Similar to the first half, Martha Noelker got the scoring started. Freshman teammate Megan Peterson dribbled around a defender near the goal line and made the extra pass to Noelker to finish the play off and earn her second hat trick in three games.
After missing on a few attempts in the first half, Kenna Mattison made sure that wasn’t the case in the second. In fact, Mattison scored back-to-back goal in three minutes.
For Mattison’s second strike, teammate Allie Wilson swiftly made her way through the box and could have snuck one past the keeper, but an unselfish pass allowed Mattison an easy and wide-open goal.
Noelker scored her fourth and final goal in the 58th minute on a header after relentlessly following her first shot. At the 65:30 mark, Gerica Curry followed suit with a goal off her own rebounded shot attempt.
Long after the game had been determined, Megan Peterson put the finishing touches on the Stars’ 11-1 victory with an unassisted goal in the 73rd minute.
Stephens will look to take its momentum into Tuesday’s AMC tilt with St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The home match is set for 4 p.m. at Cosmo Park Soccer Complex, Field #4.
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