Madi Lenk Hat Trick Powers Blue Jays To Runaway Win

Photo by Caleb Maassen.
Photo by Caleb Maassen.

Fulton, MO, 10/9/21 – The Blue Jays women's soccer team was looking for a bounce back effort on Saturday afternoon at home against the Eureka College Red Devils.  16 minutes into the game the bounce was back as the Blue Jays had already tallied their fourth goal and led 4-0 on the way to a dominant 5-1 SLIAC victory.  The win brought the Blue Jays to 4-6 on the season and 4-4 in the SLIAC.  Meanwhile the Red Devils would fall to 3-8 on the season and 2-6 in the SLIAC.

The Blue Jays wasted no time in getting on the board first.  In the fourth minute of the game a Eureka foul outside the box set up Maddy Lawton (Wentzville, MO / Timberland) who blasted a shot high and over the Eureka keepers head for a 1-0 Blue Jay lead.

The next 12 minutes would belong to sophomore midfielder Madi Lenk (Troy, MO / Troy Buchanan High School).   In the 11th minute Abbey Montana (Barnhart, MO / Seckman) would play a ball to Lawton who would find a streaking Lenk who beat the keeper for her first goal of the game and a 2-0 lead.  She was not done.  In the 15th minute Rachel Nolte (Wentzville, MO / Holt High School) would send a cross into the box to Lauren Halamicek (St. Louis, MO / Oakville High School) who would then slot a pass across the goal to Lenk who would bury her second goal of the day. In the 16th minute Lenk would complete an incredible 12-minute stretch by scoring her third goal of the day off a pass from Nolte who would notch her second assist.  That would send the Blue Jays to the half with a commanding 4-0 lead.

The Blue Jays would begin the second half like they started the game scoring just over four minutes into the second half.  Nolte would take a corner kick and find Michaela Beedy (Wentzville, MO / Holt) who would then find a streaking Montana in front of the goal who would score her third goal of the season. It would be the final goal of the game for the Blue Jays and stake them to a 5-0 lead. It was Nolte's third assist of the game. It was her team leading fifth assist of the season.

The Red Devils would break through for a goal in the 86th minute to deny the Blue Jays a shutout. 

The Blue Jays would outshoot the Red Devils 22-2 overall and 15-2 on shots on goal.  The Jays would take eight corner kicks to the Red Devils five.  Westminster would be whistled for nine fouls compared to seven for Eureka.

The Blue Jays will be back in action on the road on Tuesday night as they look to complete a season sweep when they take on the Panthers of Principia College.  The match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kick off.