Women’s soccer bounces Pratt

The Hesston College women’s soccer team rebounded nicely from a tough loss on the weekend to defeat the Pratt CC Beavers Tuesday, 6-0. With the emphatic victory, the Larks push their overall record to 5-1 on the season.

Sophomore Allison Ebersole (Boulder, Colo.) opened the game for the Larks scoring her 10th goal of the season putting Hesston in front 1-0. Sophomore Mika Matsuda (Kyoto, Japan) added a goal before the break to put the Larks in front 2-0. “We had a tentative start, but after halftime we began to move the ball better and find the seams for through balls,” said Head Coach Bryan Kehr. “Pratt was getting a lot of numbers back defensively making penetration difficult, but we were finally able to create some nice goals.”

Sophomore Christy Kauffman (West Liberty, Ohio.) opened the scoring in the second half to make it 3-0, before Ebersole struck twice more to complete her hat trick. With the three goals, Allison Ebersole has broken the school career scoring record (29 goals – 19 in 2015 and 10 so far this year) set last year by Mikaela Zook (28 career goals). Mika Matsuda added to her career assist total. With 11 goals and 11 assists this season Mika’s career totals are 26 goals and 38 assists.

The Larks were relentless in the second half scoring four more goals to cruise past the host. Sophomore Adele Hofer (Denver, Colo.) notched three assists in the winning effort. Sophomore GK Cassidy Bontrager (Wellman, Iowa.) went the distance making two saves in goal for the Larks.

The team looks to build on their strong showing with another road trip to Garden City (Kan.) on Saturday Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.