By Andy Westra
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College women's soccer team picked up its first win of the season, pummeling Finlandia University 8-0 in a non-conference match on Saturday.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Emily Marggraf gets the ball past Finlandia defender Taylor Gustafson (15) during the fist half Saturday at MLC in New Ulm.
The Knights offense dominated the game as they held possession of the ball for the majority of the game and the ball hardly ever left Finlandia territory. MLC outshot the Lions 46-2 on the day, while the Knights had 29 shots on goal compared to Finlandia's one.
MLC junior Bethany Schultz recorded a hat trick on the day. Schultz scored the first goal of the day with 35 minutes remaining in the first half as MLC senior Hannah Mattek's pass was deflected to Schultz, who converted a wide-open shot on goal.
The Knights struck again nine minutes later when Ali Filter beat two Finlandia defenders before dishing off a perfect pass to Lauren Maertz who scored the goal.
MLC scored their its third goal of the half when Hannah Mattek had a nice assist to her fellow captain Cassie Krug for a goal.
The Knights led Finlandia 3-0 at halftime.
The Knights picked up right where they left off in the second half.
Mattek scored less than five minutes into the half when a Finlandia defender accidentally gave the ball to Mattek right in front of her own goal as Mattek easily put the ball into the goal.
Schultz put on a scoring clinic minutes later when she scored two unassisted goals in less than two minutes. The second goal came on a free kick after a Finlandia penalty.
Finlandia head coach Chris Perez was given a red card and ejected from the game for arguing with the referees
Knights' junior Alydia Lee put on her own scoring clinic later in the half when she also scored two goals in just over two minutes.
Lee's first goal was a bullet from the edge of the penalty box, while her second goal came after dribbling through three defenders to giver herself a wide open shot on the goal.
The final score was 8-0 in favor of the Knights.
"It felt amazing to get our first win today," Schultz said. "We got our passes down and the shots finally started falling in. This was a great start at home for what will be a great season."
Schultz led the Knights with three goals and four shots on goal, while Lee added two goals. Mattek led the Knights with two assists.
MLC plays next on Tuesday when it hosts Buena Vista.