Lady Hawks dismantle St. Thomas Aquinas

Lady Hawks dismantle St. Thomas Aquinas
Dave Mast

Hiland keeper Itzelle Guzman has played well this season, but against St. Thomas Aquinas, she had little to do, with Hiland’s defensive crew not allowing a single shot on goal in a 16-0 win.

                        

The Hiland Lady Hawks won twice this past week, once in a nail-biter, the other in a colossal blowout.

After playing to a standstill through the first half in their Sept. 20 tilt with Fairless, the Hiland Lady Hawks found the net twice and held off the talented Falcons team 2-1.

Five minutes into the second half, Emily Gingerich broke loose on her own and navigated her way to the goal, where she drove home the game’s first score for a 1-0 Hiland edge. In the 54th minute Gingerich factored into the second goal, assisting Kristen Miller. The Falcons scored in the 69th minute on a Gracie Ashton score, but Hiland’s defense, led by keeper Itzelle Guzman, who made six saves on the night, did its job the rest of the way and held Fairless at bay for the win.

“It was a great team win,” Hiland coach Conner Lee said. “Emily had a great game with a goal and an assist. The defense played well, but we would have liked to keep the shutout.”

Hiland fired off 12 shots to Fairless’ seven and took seven corners to the Falcons’ three. The win improved Hiland to 7-2-1 while Fairless fell to a strong 8-2 record.

The West Holmes boys dropped a tough 1-0 loss to Loudonville in a game that saw the Knights play great defense, but they were unable to penetrate the Redbird’s strong defensive effort.

Hiland’s boys team destroyed St. Thomas Aquinas 5-0 to even its record at 4-4. Hiland outshot Aquinas 21-3 and dominated play all-around.

Reese Mullet got the Hawks on the board in the 10th minute off an assist from Kurt Kaufman. In the 15th minute Reese Mullet fed Zach Mullet for a score, and two minutes later, an assist from Corban Miller led to a Zeke Bodiker goal and a 3-0 lead. Hiland would play control ball the rest of the half, and in the 55th minute Shawn Troyer’s unassisted goal made it 4-0. The evening’s scoring was capped off on Ryan Hamsher’s goal with an assist from Ohlen Troyer in the 71st minute of play.

The Lady Hawks had an even easier time of it with Aquinas, recording a lopsided 16-0 win in a game that saw Hiland outshoot Aquinas 29-0.

Pretty much everyone got in the scorebook for the Lady Hawks. Kate Kaufman doled out four assists and scored once, Kylie Lapp had two goals with an assist, Paige Gertz scored the game’s first two goals in the first six minutes of play, Brynn Coil added a pair of assists, Alex Weaver added two assists and a goal, and the Lady Hawks got single scores from Kailyn Miller, Mallory Stutzman, McKenna Schlabach, Kate Bodiker, Lydia Mast, Kristen Miller, Emily Gingerich, Lydia Weaver and Alexa Guzman.

The West Holmes boys dropped a 4-1 decision to Mansfield Senior, with Camron Arnold notching the lone score for the Knights.


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