BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College forward Helen Weber scored a career-best four goals, leading the Lady Bulldogs to a convincing 9-0 victory over Virginia Intermont in Appalachian Athletic Conference women's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Burch/Nau Field.
With the victory, UC improved to 3-1 on the year, 1-0 in the AAC, while VI fell to 0-4 and 0-1 in the AAC.
Things started out slowly for the Lady Bulldogs, as they failed to register a goal in the first 27 minutes of play in the first period, despite having several chances on net. Things, however, changed quickly, as the Lady Bulldogs went on to score five goals in the final 17 minutes of the half.
The first was by sophomore Aline Dalmedico in the 28th minute, unassisted, making it 1-0 Union. It was followed up by Weber's first goal in the 32st minute, off a cross from teammate Sofie Jorgensen, that made it 2-0.
In the 40th minute, Dalmedico scored her second goal of the contest off a Weber pass to make it 3-0. Mere seconds later, Jorgensen got in on the scoring act with her first goal of the day, off a Hayley Fox cross to make it 4-0.
Finally, in the 43rd minute, Weber scored her second goal of the match, unassisted, to end the scoring bonanza, and put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 5-0 going into intermission.
In the second half, Jorgensen picked up where she left off in the first, scoring a goal in the 48th minute, unassisted, to make it 6-0. In the 63rd minute, Kayse Cornett
scored her first goal of the season off a Jenn Sckirl
assist to give the Lady Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
To end things, Weber finished off her banner afternoon with goals in the 67th and 83rd minute. Sckirl added her second assist of the afternoon on the goal scored in the 83rd minute.
In all, Union outshot VI by a 26-1 margin, and held a 13-2 advantage on corner kicks. UC goalies Stephanie Burton and Nichole Grindler combined for the shutout victory, as well.
The nine-goal win was also the biggest for the Lady Bulldogs in three seasons, dating back to a 13-0 win at Mountain State (W.Va.) in 2009, and their biggest AAC win since a 9-0 victory over Bryan (Tenn.) in 2006.
The Lady Bulldogs return to the pitch on Saturday when they travel to Reinhardt (Ga.) for another AAC tilt. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.