The Hillsboro Lady Hawks Soccer team went on the road once again to face off against tough competitors St. Charles and Orchard Farms in the Union Tournament. While the results were not what they hoped for, they came away with some valuable learning moments.
Orchard Farms 8, Hillsboro 0
Orchard Farm’s fancy footwork proved to be an issue to the Hawk’s defense as they scored three quick goals right off the bat, with one coming off a penalty kick in the 13th minute. They would then add another to their total in the 27th minute.
Unfortunately, the Hawks didn’t fare much better in the second half either. Hillsboro did manage to slow down the Eagles’ barrage of rapid fire goals, but couldn’t entirely prevent them from adding four more in the 36th, 43rd, 54th, and 69th minutes.
MacKenzie Baker played in goal for the first 14 minutes and had six saves. Baylei Clubb took over for the remaining 56 and had nine saves. Hillsboro didn’t get the chance to have any shots on goal.
“In my opinion, the biggest challenge that we faced was the skill level of the competitors,” Nikki Evans said. “We are also a rebuilding team. We are trying to figure out how we all work together and where each person’s strengths are. We are getting better with each game.”
St. Charles 8, Hillsboro 0
The Hawks were back the next day, ready to take on the St. Charles Pirates for their second game. Right away, the Pirates took the lead with a goal in the second minute. Hillsboro couldn’t answer with a goal of their own, and St. Charles went on to add tallies in the 21st, 23rd, 33rd, 56th, 65th, 66th, and 70th minutes.
Clubb played in goal for all 70 minutes and saved ten out of 19 shots. Hillsboro again failed to record a shot on goal.
“They were not the results we wanted but it really showed us some things we need to focus on in order to be successful in the future,” Head Coach Sam Nansel said.
The Hawks now look to bounce back against North County on April 6th.