Lady Pats roll to fifth straight win on pitch

Travis David/The Herald
Heritage Hills' Kiersten Schuler is all smiles as she is greeted by teammates after scoring the first goal of the game Thursday night against visiting Washington. Schuler added a second goal and an assists in the Lady Patriots 4-0 win.

By TRAVIS DAVID
tdavid@dcherald.com 

LINCOLN CITY — A ball off the right foot of Chloe Browning clanked harmlessly off the right post in the ninth minute Thursday night against host Heritage Hills.

The near goal would have given Washington an early 1-0 lead.

It also marked the last good scoring chance of the match for the Hatchets.

Seven minutes later, Haley Osborne scored on a rebound off her own shot for a 1-0 lead, and the Lady Patriots never looked back in a 4-0 win.

With the win, Heritage Hills improved to 7-1 on the season, and have won five straight.

“Just another great game from the girls tonight,” Heritage Hills coach Andy Fischer said. “The girls are doing exactly what we work on in practice, and transferring it over into the matches.”

The Lady Patriots’ first goal was set up by a nice centering pass from Kiersten Schuler.

Osborne fired her first shot from just inside the 18, and was centered up. She was in perfect position to tap in the rebound for the 1-0 lead.

It was her 21st goal of the season.

Six minutes later, Osborne returned the favor, as she assisted on a goal from Schuler for a 2-0 lead.

Schuler took the pass on the right side of the 18 and snuck it just inside of the top-right hand part of the goal.

“Our connections were on point tonight,” Schuler said. “Everyone did a good job of hitting teammates at the feet going forward, and we hope to continue doing that.”

The score remained 2-0 until Schuler connected with her second straight goal with just over 90 seconds left in the first half.

Schuler was set up by a crossing pass from Kenley Multzer, and she was knocked to the ground as the ball beat the Washington keeper.

“My teammates did a great job of setting me up tonight,” Schuler said of her two goals. “And they do a great job of giving me the confidence to take the shots as well.”

Ella Schnieders (No. 22) breaks free from a Washington defender as she dribbles the ball upfield on Thursday. 

Osborne capped the scoring with a goal in the 53rd minute.

The four goals were more than enough for Patriots’ keeper Mallory Garrison, who earned her third shutout of the season.

Garrison entered the match with a sparking 1.03 goals against average on the season.

The Lady Patriots keeper stoned all four shots she faced Thursday.

“Her role is like a catcher in baseball,” Fischer explained. “She sees the entire field and is communicating with her teammates the whole time. So although she may not be involved in the play directly all the time, she is still making an impact with making sure her defense is set up.”

Fischer also attributes the success of Garrison and the rest of the Lady Patriots to his assistant coaches, Morgan Schaeffer and Breigh Haase.

“The coaches are doing a fantastic job with the team,” he said of his assistants. “Morgan does a great job with our keepers, and Breigh was an outstanding player here and she has carried that over with her coaching in helping the players with their touch and movement.”

Heritage Hills travels to Jasper on Tuesday.

 




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