DEFIANCE -- The Heidelberg University women's soccer team kicked off their 2016 campaign with a commanding 6-0 win over Defiance College. It was HU's biggest win since a 6-0 victory over Bluffton to open the 2000 season. The win moves the Berg to 1-0-0 while Defiance falls to 0-1-0.
Five different players scored for the Student Princes, four of whom are freshmen.
The Tricolor jumped out to an early lead thanks to senior Denise Bowes. Defiance was whistled for a tackle foul in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Bowes in the 3rd minute. Later in the half, freshman Erica Campbell netted her first goal of the day in the 20th minute. The Student Princes took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The offensive outburst was not finished for the Berg, as they tacked on four more goals in the second half. Less than two minutes into the start of the period, freshman Shae-Lynn Hallowell netted her first collegiate goal. Campbell scored her second goal of the game in the 72nd minute, pushing the lead to 4-0.
In the 82nd minute, Madison Crow added a goal of her off a pass from Sydney Herrington. HU put an exclamation mark on their dominant day in the 87th minute. After receiving a pass from Herrington, freshman Amanda Sugrue found the back of the net and capped off the scoring for the Berg.
Head coach Nick Spell on the win: "We talk about sticking to the process and the results will come. It was great to see the players accept the challenge and get the result.
Spell on the freshmen presence: "Anytime you can have freshmen impact a game and get your team on the board is a great start to the season."
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Sophomore goalkeeper Alexandra Farmer picked up the win. Farmer played a majority of the minutes before giving way to Melodie Harnett late in the second half. They combined for just two saves as the Berg outshot the Yellow Jackets 27-2,
The win was the biggest margin of victory in the Nick Spell era. It was only the 35th time in 495 games the team score at least six goals. Heidelberg is now 6-4-1 all-time against Defiance.
HU will have a quick turnaround as they return to action tomorrow against Spalding University. The match, which will be played in Defiance, Ohio, is slated for a 1p.m. kickoff.