Toppers Run Unbeaten Streak To Nine

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The Hillsboro girls soccer team edged closer to double digit wins this week with a pair of victories over Gillespie and Greenville, in addition to a tie with North Mac sandwiched in between as they marked their ninth straight game without a loss.

The Toppers flexed their muscle in the game with Gillespie on Thursday, May 13 as they defeated the Miners 8-0 in Gillespie. Just four minutes into the game Abbigail Schreiber found the back of the net to set off the avalanche, which really didn’t start rolling until 12 minutes later.

In a 13-minute span, Hillsboro got goals from Sophia Hernandez, Kinley Richardson twice and Schreiber once again as their one-goal lead turned into a five-goal thrashing with 11:42 to play in the first half. 

The rout continued after the break, with Layne Rupert scoring twice in the first eight minutes of the second half to cut time in half due to the seven-goal mercy rule.

Senior Kelsey Holtgrave, who assisted on Schreiber’s second goal, finished off the scoring with her fifth goal of the season. Avery Walden would pick up the shutout, her fourth of the season. 

Shutout number five wouldn’t take long for Walden as Hillsboro and North Mac drew 0-0 the next day, May 14.

Playing on artificial turf for the first time this season, Hillsboro tried to get things going, while also giving their roster a break after their fourth road game in five days.

There would be a few chances in the back-and-forth match for both teams, but ultimately, the result was Hillsboro’s first tie of the season.

It looked as if another tie might be in the cards in Hillsboro’s final game of the week on Saturday, May 15, but the Toppers pulled out a 2-1 victory on the Comets’ home turf.

Hillsboro struck first as several attempts at the goal paid off early as Layne Rupert scored three minutes in. Rupert, Kelsey Holtgrave and Abbigail Schreiber pressured the Greenville defense in the early going, with Rupert finding pay dirt after a touch pass from Schreiber near the penalty spot.

The Comets would tie things up in the second half, but Hillsboro regained the lead on a breakaway where Shreiber juked a defender and slotted home the game-winner.

The victory improved Hillsboro’s record to 8-1-1 on the season going into seeding week for postseason play. The Toppers will be back at home for the first time since May 3 on Monday, when they host the 4-2 Litchfield Panthers.

May 13 at Gillespie

Hillsboro 5 3 - 8

Gillespie 0 0 - 0

Goals: Hillsboro - Abbigail Schreiber 2, Kinley Richardson 2, Layne Rupert 2, Sophia Hernandez 1, Kelsey Holtgrave 1. Assists: Hillsboro - Alex Frailey 1, Kelsey Holtgrave 1.

May 14 at Virden

Hillsboro 0 0 - 0

North Mac 0 0 - 0

May 15 at Greenville

Hillsboro 1 1 - 2

Greenville 0 1 - 1

Goals: Hillsboro - Layne Rupert 1, Kinley Richardson 1. Assists: Hillsboro - Abbigail Schreiber 1.

Record: Hillsboro 8-1-1.

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