Pats top Raiders on pitch

Photos by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Senior Ella Schnieders (22, center) notched a hat trick Thursday against Southridge to help Heritage Hills improve to 4-0 behind a 9-0 victory. 

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

LINCOLN CITY - Heritage Hills not only remained undefeated Thursday in its 9-0 triumph over Pocket Athletic Conference foe Southridge, but it also made sure to get a ton of players involved.

Senior Ella Schnieders scored a hat trick for the Class 2A No. 9 Patriots (4-0, 2-0), and fellow senior Macey Toler chipped in a pair of goals in her own right, but some others also found their way onto the stat sheet against the Raiders (0-4, 0-3). Seniors Kennedy Tate and Madison Begle both got a ball off past the net - with the former also getting an assist and the latter scoring the final goal before the new mercy rule officially went into effect.

The Pats had their underclassmen notch some goals, too. Freshman Sierra Shelton and sophomore Kadence Probus both had goals in the win. 

"What I love about this team is that they are very unselfish," Pats coach Andy Fischer said. "And they look for each other and they're pushing each other and trying to get their teammates to the next level - and that's attributed to the seniors. They're doing a fantastic job offensively and defensively."

"We know every goal's for the team, not just ourselves," Schnieders said. "And so we really don't care who scores as long it's for the team and we make good passes and execute the goals really well."

Schnieders attributed her team to her hat trick performance, and even when she scored her third goal of the night that made it 8-0 - nothing really went through her mind. She was happy to do it, knowing it was for the Pats.

The Pats made pushes all throughout the game, but Southridge junior Reece Tretter was stopping shots through nearly the first 10 minutes of the game until Toler got the scoring started at the 30:40 point of the opening half. Heritage Hills never looked back, though Tretter still tried stopping what she could through all of the opportunities on goal the Pats were getting.

"Reece was doing really good tonight," said Southridge assistant Jesse Hasenour. "She was in good positioning when shots were coming in, and she was doing a good job. I was impressed with her. She does well, but tonight, she stepped up."

However, Tretter suffered an injury during the first half, and Hasenour anticipates she'll be out for at least a couple of weeks. Therefore, the Raiders had to take junior defender Ayat Akoon and put her in net for the second half, as senior Abbi Hall and freshman Angelica Sierra filled in for Akoon on defense.

Southridge junior Maritza Romero (15) gets a ball off Thursday at Heritage Hills. The Raiders fell, 9-0. 

Akoon does have some experience in goal, but she's currently the only available keeper Southridge has at this point.

"It's just hard losing one of your defenders and putting them in goal because they're not used to being in goal," he said.

Hasenour knows Southridge has to step in on defense, as keepers aren't going to stop every shot, but the defense can help prevent the opposition from taking some shots.

Southridge girls soccer, in its second season of existence, still seeks its first win in program history, and the team will have another opportunity Saturday at home against PAC foe Mt. Vernon.

"We need to work on spacing, talking...(and) stabbing is the biggest one," Hasenour said.

Heritage Hills, meanwhile, will try to keep its undefeated record going Saturday for its first of three straight road games, beginning at Providence.

"We got to continue to communicate," Fischer said. "We got to execute - because the biggest thing is just keeping it simple and playing unselfish soccer and leaning on each other."




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