Coming off a tough loss on Thursday to the Roxana Shells, the Hillsboro Toppers girls soccer team needed a big bounce back win on Friday May 21, in an away, non-conference game against the Riverton Hawks. With an 8-1 victory, the Hiltoppers got just what they needed.
Both teams began the first half by creating early chances. Riverton would get the first shot of the game as three minutes in Riverton junior Shannon Smaga would put a ball on the net that was saved by Hillsboro goalkeeper Avery Walden.
Hillsboro would respond by creating their own opportunity when sophomore Kamryn Kiper found the ball in the Riverton half and put a shot on goal that forced a save from the Riverton keeper.
Both sides would trade shots back and forth for the first 10 minutes before the Hawks would ultimately strike first. With 28 minutes to go in the first, Riverton sophomore Alanna Smith would find the ball near the 18 yard box, turn and put a shot on the net that sailed over the hands of the keeper and into the net, making things 1-0.
Hillsboro took this blow in stride and quickly knotted things back up with a goal of their own. Hiltopper freshman Kinley Richardson would work the ball up the sideline before deferring a pass to sophomore Layne Rupert, who tapped in a goal to bring things back to even at 1-1.
Both teams continued battling for opportunities until one struck for the Hiltoppers with 10 minutes left in the half.
A Riverton defender looked to clear the ball out of their own half, when the clearance actually struck a Hiltopper. The ball deflected off the Topper player and right to the feet of junior Abigail Schreiber, who took the ball and slotted it in the net for the second goal for Hillsboro.
Just moments later, Richarson found the ball near the Riverton goal box and fought off a defender before putting a hard shot past the keeper to gain a 3-1 lead headed into halftime.
The second half saw the Hiltoppers dominate possession with strong play by sophomore midfielders Isabella White and Sally Mattson. Both players controlled Hillsboro’s pace and possession, as well as orchestrated an offense that would go on to score five more times in the second half.
White roamed the midfield, winning loose ball after loose ball and using a barrage of dribble moves to create space for herself and teammates, while Mattson played a more stationary style in the middle that saw her constantly receiving passes before finding the right teammate to play into open space.
White would get the first goal for Hillsboro in the second half after a pass by Kiper found her near the Hawks’ 18, before she lifted a ball into the top corner to take a 4-1 lead. Just 10 minutes later White would get an assist after touching a pass to Rupert, who would one touch the ball into the net, making things 5-1.
Topper freshman Ava Pollard would join the scoring fun after making a long run down the left side of the field, before putting her laces through a ball that found the back of the net for the Toppers’ sixth goal.
The seventh came with 10 minutes left, as Mattson got an assist when she found senior Alecia Miller making a run. Miller received the pass and finished for the Toppers seventh goal.
In the final moments of play, Schreiber would get her second of the day as she put a ball on from deep that deflected off a Riverton defender and crashed into the back of the net, right as the buzzer sounded for full time.
With the last second goal from Schreiber the Toppers would finish with an 8-1 score, putting them at 9-3-1 on the season.
May 21 at Riverton
Hillsboro 3 5 - 8
Riverton 1 0 - 1
Goals: Riverton - Alanna Smith 1; Hillsboro - Layne Rupert 2, Abigail Schreiber 2, Isabella White 1, Ava Pollard 1, Kinley Richardson 1, Alecia Miller 1. Assists: Hillsboro - Sally Mattson, Isabella White 1, Kinley Richardson 1, Kamryn Kiper 1.
Record: Hillsboro (9-3-1).
The Hillsboro girls soccer fell short this week on Thursday, May 20 in an in-conference match-up against the visiting Roxana Shells. The Shells, who sat atop the South Central Conference (SCC) at 4-0, would extend that record to 5-0 with a 5-0 victory over the Toppers.
The Shells came into play looking to utilize the two-headed monster of Kendall Kamp and Macie Lucas to run their offense. Both Kamp and Lucas entered the game with some impressive offensive numbers, as both girls had over 15 goals (16 for Lucas, 21 for Kamp) and led the Shells in assists (13 for Lucas, eight for Kamp).
The first half of play saw the Shells go on the attack early, and would net the first goal of the game, and only goal of the first half, when sophomore Kendall Kamp broke the deadlock with her first goal of the day. Kamp also had a good look at the net near the end of the first half, but timely goalkeeping by the Toppers kept her tally to just one goal for the half.
The Toppers also had some good looks in the first half. At the 15 minute mark, Hillsboro sophomore Sophia Hernandez put a shot on goal that forced the Shells’ goalkeeper to make a stop. Sophomore Layne Rupert also got a shot off after making a long run down the right side of the field, but also had her shot saved.
Rupert again had a good opportunity to score near the end of the half, as she made a run on a breakaway. However, the Shells’ defensive line pushed up at the last second and forced Rupert offsides.
The second half of action was all Roxana, as senior forward Macie Lucas took over for her team. Just two minutes into the half Kamp pushed the ball up the right side and placed a cross to Lucas right in front of the net for an easy tap in.
Ten minutes later Lucas took it herself, putting a shot on goal that was saved by the Topper keep, but the rebound came right back to Lucas, who netted her second ball of the afternoon.
Finally, with 13 minutes left, Lucas would find her third goal of the day to complete the hat trick. Kamp would also get a second goal with under 10 minutes left in the half.
With the 5-0 win, Roxana pushed their record to 11-1-1 and 5-0 in the SCC, while Hillsboro would become 9-3-1 and be 4-2 in the conference.
May 20 at Hillsboro
Roxana 1 4 - 5
Hillsboro 0 0 - 0
Goals: Roxana - Macie Lucas 3, Kendall Kamp 2. Assists: Roxana - Kendall Kamp 2, Covington 1, Mouser 1, Lynn 1
Records: Hillsboro (8-3-1, 4-2); Roxana (11-1-1, 5-0).