Hiland Boys Soccer

Miller hat trick leads Hawks past Quakers

With a home date that turned into a road game, Hiland traveled to New Philadelphia and recorded a resounding 7-0 victory Thursday, September 22.

In a game that certainly didn’t seem like it was as lopsided as the final score would indicate, Hiland started slowly, had a run before the half, then repeated the steps in the second period to pull away to victory.

The Hawks were led by senior Derek Miller’s hat trick, the first of which came about eight minutes in when Hiland intercepted a pass just beyond the 18 and he chipped the goalie who was coming out to cut him off, resulting in a 1-0 Hiland lead.

Miller struck again with 11:00 left in the half when he found the ball at his feet in the box after the ball was bandied about by both squads. Miller muscled it past the attacking goalie once again for a 2-0 Hiland lead.

Earvin Keim netted his first of the year with a floating header from the right side less than a minute later, and just like that the Hawks had a commanding three-goal halftime advantage.

Miller struck again fairly early after the break when he bodied up a defender to win the ball, cleared space and ripped one to the net from near the 18 to put Hiland up 4-0.

After an offensive lull, Sinjon Howell connected at the 10:00 mark on a Keim assist, and the floodgates opened. Howell scored again a short time later on a nifty finish with a flick off the outside of his foot to make it 6-0 and Tyson Gingerich finished off the scoring, and the game, when he smoked a shot to the left side net from the right wing to make it 7-0 with less than a minute left.

“Our guys have the potential to have bursts,” said Hiland head coach Scott Bodiker. “We’ve scored some goals in bunches this year.”

Hiland has been on an offensive tear as of late, and coach Scott Bodiker knows his team has the potential to light up the scoreboard.

“This is actually one of the more diverse and dangerous offensive teams we’ve had in the last five or six years,” he said. “So, you just keep plugging away, and we had some chances and didn’t finish, but if we keep creating chances, this group’s going to find the net.”

With the win, Hiland moves to 5-2-1 on the campaign, and is in action again on Saturday when they will host Lake Center.

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