Lady Pats play full 80 in conference win

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Heritage Hills' Kiersten Schuler (left) sends a ball towards the goal and past a Gibson Southern defender on Saturday. 


FORT BRANCH — Heritage Hills girls soccer coach Andy Fischer told his team at halftime having a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead to have in the sport.

Fischer challenged the Lady Patriots to finish the match strong against Pocket Athletic Conference foe Gibson Southern.

Mission accomplished.

Haley Osborne scored a second-half hat trick as Heritage Hills rolled to a 5-0 win over the host Lady Titans Saturday afternoon.

“We always talk about how you can set the tone out of any restart, how you have to set the tone and momentum and I thought the girls did a fantastic job of that today,” the Lady Patriots coach said. “We emphasised the importance of coming out firing away and to keep plugging and they responded to that well.”

The score remained 2-0 until the 21’ of the half.

Hadley Lytton threaded the needle on a pass to Osborne between two Gibson Southern defenders. Osborne beat the Lady Titans keeper as she fired a crossing shot into the lower left corner of the net for a 3-0 lead.

Less than a minute later, Osborne scored again with a blast from the top of the 18 after Kennedy Tate won possession of the ball and passed to the Patriots dynamic goal scorer.

Osborne scored once again with 16’ left in the match on a breakaway for the final tally of the game and her fourth on the day.

“Haley did a great job of finishing today,” Fischer said of his star offensive player. “But a lot of that came from her surrounding teammates doing such a great job of distributing the ball to her.”

Tate and Lytton recorded a pair of assists, each.

“We communicate so well and that is what we work on in practice all the time,” Lytton said of her chemistry with Osborne. “It’s great having someone out there who you know where she will be and who can score like she can.”

Kiersten Schuler gave the Patriots an early 1-0 lead in the first half, as Osborne assisted on the play.

Heritage Hills’ keeper Mallory Garrison made the lead stand with another shutout between the pipes.

Garrison prevented the Lady Titans from drawing even in the 17’ when she stopped a shot from Sydney Goedde.

The Lady Titans senior appeared to have Garrison out of position and beat as she dribbled to her right, but Garrison made a diving save and a rebound shot went wide of the goal to preserve the 1-0 advantage.

“We are tied if that goes the other way and you never know what will happen from there,” Fischer said of Garrison’s save. “She has been doing a fantastic job for us and a lot of credit goes to assistant coach Morgan Schaeffer. She does a great job of working with our keepers on their skills and quickness and Mal does a great job out there for us.

“Mallory also communicates well with her defense and lets them know where she wants them.”

Osborne gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead with her first goal of the game in the 23’. Lytton connected with a through ball to Osborne to help set up the score.

The win moves Heritage Hills to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

“I thought we played well together today and were the aggressors,” Lytton said of the win. “It’s great being 2-0 in the conference, but we know we still have a lot of hard matches left.”


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