CRETE, Neb. – Midland University women’s soccer team proved to be too much to handle once again for Doane University on Wednesday night as they shutout the home team 6-0 at Al Papik Field. The Warriors won their fifth straight game of the season to improve to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference while the Tigers fall to 2-5 (0-1 GPAC).
Midland’s attack set the tone early as they peppered the Doane defense with shot after shot in the early going. Nayeli Rodriguez found the back of the in the 6th minute on Midland’s third shot of the game and then she scored once more before half in the 42nd minute. During the first half of play Midland outshot Doane by a count of 18 to 5.
The second half was more of the same as Rodriguez found the scoring column once again, completing her hat trick in the 68th minute. Three of her teammates would follow her lead as Harlee Zancanelli (71st minute), PT Perez (75th minute), and Delaney Kress (84th minute) all booted a ball past the defense for scores. The Warriors would end the night with a 33-9 shot advantage with 19 of those attempts being on target.
Brittany Llanes had an assist on both of the first half goals while Perez assisted Rodriguez on her third goal.
Midland’s goalkeepers Rachel Thigpen and Michaylah Hinkle combined for the clean sheet stopping each of the four shot attempts that made their way to them. Thigpen was in net for 80+ minutes while Hinkle came on in relief for nearly 7 minutes of play.
“I was pleased to see the girls come out and play the way they did tonight,” head coach Greg Jarosik commented. “Getting the early goal helped us take control of the game. Brittany’s play was very good. She was able to apply pressure to the Doane defense and set up our attack. It was great to get Nayeli going. She’s been playing well as of late and her hat trick is reflective of that.”
“It was also nice to be able to move some girls around to different places on the field. We had Harlee come up from her back position and get a goal and were able to get some playing time with our younger players as well late. Overall it was a great team win. Now we need to build upon it as we get ready for this weekend.”
Midland (5-1, 2-0 GPAC) will be on the road this Saturday at they travel to take on Dakota Wesleyan (2-3, 0-0 GPAC). The Warriors and Tigers will take to the pitch at 4:00 p.m. on September 22 in Mitchell, South Dakota.