TIFFIN -- Prior to the opening game of the 2016 season, it had been 16 seasons since the Heidelberg University women's soccer team had scored six goals in a game. This time, it took a mere week to repeat the feat. The Student Princes opened up a five-game homestand with a 6-0 thrashing of Manchester University on a hot, humid afternoon at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.
Six different Heidelberg players scored goals for Heidelberg, which improved to 2-1 on the young season. Manchester dropped to 0-3.
The Student Princes opened the scoring with a goal in the ninth minute. Shae-Lynn Hallowell hammered home a loose ball inside the penalty area for her second goal of the season.
Up 2-0 at half, Heidelberg continued to pressure the Spartans. Given space in the center of the field, Danielle Rathfon scored from 20 yards out in the 53rd minute. It was the first of her sophomore season.
Moments later, Campbell scored on a breakaway, tucking the ball just inside the post past a diving Manchester goalkeeper. The tally was the third of the season for Campbell, a freshman.
Madison Myers made it 5-0 with her first collegiate goal -- a blistering shot to the upper 90 from beyond the penalty area.
The scoring was capped in the waning seconds of the game. Amanda Sugrue completed a sideline run by depositing the ball into the side netting. It was her second of the year.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
Head coach Nick Spell on the win: "It was exciting to get a win on our field in our home opener. All week we were working on how to breakdown a defense, scoring six goals shows that."
Spell on the early season success: "It's always exciting when you get girls scoring their first goals of the season. Hopefully it builds confidence and lingers through the year."
The team is back in action Sept. 9th on the turf at Hoernemann Stadium. Kickoff against Transylvania University is scheduled for 7 p.m.