The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team improved their record to 2-0 on the season with a 9-1 victory over the Keystone Lady Panthers Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.
The Lady Dutch jumped out to the early lead as they led 4-0 after the first 10 minutes of play.
Caley Keister scored at the 38:51 mark of the game, giving St. Marys the early 1-0 lead.
Approximately two minutes later, Kaitlyn Barackman gave the Lady Dutch the 2-0 lead at the 36:47 mark.
At the 34:44 mark, Keister scored her second goal as she scored on a direct kick, 3-0.
Holly Shields gave the Lady Dutch the 4-0 lead when she scored at the 30:56 mark.
With 29:33 left in the first half, Liza Geyer of the Lady Dutch made the score 5-0.
Shields scored her second goal of the game when she made the score 6-0 with 21:15 left in the first half.
Keister got her hat trick with 19:17 left in the first half when she scored from approximately 25 yards, out making the score 7-0.
Keystone was able to get on the board at the 7:47 mark, making the score at the half 7-1 in favor of St. Marys.
The Lady Dutch had 15 shots on goal in the first half compared to two for Keystone. The Keystone keeper had 10 saves while SMA’s Megan Bridges had one. The Lady Dutch had four corner kicks in the first half of play.
“The defenders and midfielders closed down attacks well, with significant contributions by Lauren McAnany and Becky Krieg on the wing and Aspyn Wolff at outside defender,” said St. Marys coach Johanna Schmidt.
The second half saw St. Marys put two goals into the net. Keister placed a shot under the crossbar and then with 25:54 left, she scored on a penalty kick, making the final score 9-1.
The Lady Dutch outshot the Lady Panthers by a 7-1 margin in the second half of play. St. Marys did have seven corner kicks in the second half.
St. Marys will return to action Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Ridgway for a 4 p.m. match.
During junior varsity competition, the Lady Dutch allowed two goals against in the first half. During the second half, the defense picked up, led by goalie Rachael Caretti and center back Melanie Shutters, and the midfielders improved their positioning. Striker Megan Bridges scored the first goal on a penalty kick, and senior midfielder Kelsey Bonifay finished a shot from a scuffle in front of the net, bringing the score to 2-2 to finish the junior varsity competition.