The Hiland Lady Hawks came away with a blowout victory over Sandy Valley on Sept. 20 on the heels of what was arguably the program’s biggest win for some years, a 1-0 victory over Western Reserve Academy.
In an incredibly dramatic contest, the Lady Hawks earned a 1-0 win in that contest, marking only the second time in school history the program has defeated Western Reserve.
“I think Liz Troyer said it best when she said all of the hard work we have put in paid off when that ball hit the back of the net,” said defender Kara Kornhaus, part of that staunch Lady Hawks defense. “It felt so awesome when we were leaving, knowing it had all paid off. That was a huge win for us.”
Kornhaus said the team’s communication has been a big part of their success, and the girls are not surprised at the year’s success after having a good offseason.
“We just approach every game like it is a new game, a new season,” Kornhaus said. “We don’t try to think we are better than anyone. We just go out, work hard and try to play our game.”
Versus Sandy Valley there would be no such drama as Hiland would fire off 19 shots while denying the Cardinals even one look at the goal. The defense posted yet another shut-out in a break-out season that has seen the team improve to 8-1.
The game was actually low-scoring with Hiland posting the only goal over the initial 33 minutes on a Lexi Raber score from Mia Gertz.
However, over the next 40 minutes Hiland laid it on as it attacked the Sandy Valley goal with a vengeance.
Whitney Conn fed Melody Murtaugh for a score in the 34th minute to get the floodgates open. Kate Bodiker then made her way through defenders for a goal, and then Bodiker connected on a pass to Gertz, who knocked home a score right before the half to make it 4-0.
Hiland geared right back up to start the second, and five minutes in Shana Miller assisted on a goal from Gabby Schlabach. Grace Mast then fed Miller for a score. Shana Miller crossed one to Paige Gertz to make it 6-0. Miller quickly scored off an assist from Grace Mast, and Miller then got her second assist of the game by feeding Braylie Coil for a goal. Conn recorded her second assist when she found Abby Beach for a score.