Hamline blanks Falcons, 4-0
This is the kind of repetition a team can learn to love. The Hamline women's soccer team struck early Wednesday and never let host UW-River Falls get going. The Pipers' second consecutive 4-0 victory at Ramer Field upped the overall record to 2-2-1. With nearly a week to get ready for the conference opener at St. Benedict September 17, the Pipers seem to be getting ramped up just in time to make a bid for a first-ever MIAC playoff spot.
After scoring just two goals in their first three games, HU now has eight in their last two. In addition, they haven't allowed a goal in either game after surrendering six in the first three.
Hannah Plagman (11) got things headed in the right direction 9:18 into the game. The junior drilled a shot into the lower left corner off a free kick for her third career goal to send HU off and running.
The Pipers kept attacking the rest of the half. Thanks to the return of an old hand, they scored again before the end of the first session. Aileen Scheibner, last year's top scorer, had been limited to just a single game so far this season due to injury. 35 minutes into this game, she got back on the field. Three minutes later, she was in old form, finding Alyssa Koulentis, who nailed her first goal of the year at 38:52.
In the second half, Mallory Wirth continued to show off her hot foot, converting an Aubrey Stenson pass at 62:36 for her third goal of the season. In the game's last two minutes, Malya Hirshkowitz used a free kick to net her first collegiate goal.to finish the scoring.
Amy Ramras recorded nine saves in goal for her second straight shutout.