- Another day, another hat trick for a member of the Northern Kentucky
University women’s soccer team.
Norse soccer player to score at least three goals in a game this
season is Catie Walton, who netted a trio of scores Sunday during
a 6-0 romp past Bellarmine
at the Town & Country Sports Complex. Walton, a graduate of
Lebanon (Ohio) High School, entered the contest having scored one
goal all season.
the fourth NKU player this season - and third freshman - to record
a hat trick. Walton joined teammates Ashley Warndorf, Lauren Franzen
and Kristen Votapek as NKU players having scored at least three
goals in a game in 2005.
senior forward, tallied three goals on Friday during a 5-0 win at
Findlay. Warndorf scored four goals on Sept. 2 in a 7-1 victory
over Concord (W. Va.), and Franzen netted three goals during a 7-0
win against Kentucky Wesleyan on Sept. 9. All three freshmen recorded
their hat tricks at the Town & Country Sports Complex.
Armstrong began the scoring onslaught Sunday by tapping in a loose
ball in the box past Bellarmine goalie Merideth Jones at the 22:09
mark. Walton made it 2-0 just before halftime by finishing off a
cross from Amy Law with a 10-yard shot that eluded Jones and found
After Law and
Franzen each tallied second-half goals to give NKU a 4-0 lead, Walton
struck again at the 86:50 mark by finishing a pass from Franzen.
Walton recorded the hat trick with just 49 seconds left on the clock
when she knocked in a rebound to cap the NKU scoring.
its winning streak to five and improved to 9-2 overall, 6-1 in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference. Sam Westerling and Kelly Bare combined
for the shutout for NKU, which is ranked 19th nationally in the
NCAA Division II poll.
The Norse are
now 7-1-1 all-time against Bellarmine, with the only setback to
the Knights coming in 1997.
NKU will hit
the road next weekend for GLVC contests at Missouri-St. Louis (Friday
at 6 p.m.) and Missouri-Rolla (Sunday at 1 p.m.).