A banner day for Maile Carigon allowed the Cornerstone women's soccer team to remain unbeaten, Saturday afternoon. Playing in their second contest of the season, the Golden Eagles faced University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, besting the Cougars 5-3.
The Golden Eagles were able to overcome an early goal by the Cougars to improve their overall record to 2-0-0, while Saint Francis falls to 1-3-0 overall.
Saint Francis started the battle early with a goal by Jessica Brewer, her first of the season, in the eighth minute. The Golden Eagles did not get shaken up and were able to put one in the back of the net in the 14th minute to even the score 1-1. The goal came from freshman, Kerri Hoffman, her first of the season, with the assist coming from Kelley Ritsema.
The Golden Eagles were able to hold back the Cougars with a save in the 20th minute by goalkeeper, Kathy Butt. Following a Saint Francis foul in the 30th minute, Anna Stegink crossed the ball into the middle of the box where a diving Kate Wiegman was able to get her head on it and place it in the back of the net. The score remained 2-1 leading into halftime.
Within the first 10 minutes of the second half, Cornerstone scored two goals to contribute to their lead making it 4-1. Carigon tallied her first of the day with the assist coming from Melissa McIntire at the 46th minute. Carigon then scored her second of the day by hitting the far post past Saint Francis' goalkeeper. This goal occurred in the 55th minute with the assist coming from Josie Litty.
University of Saint Francis answered back with a pair of goals in the 57th and 76th minute of the match. The pair of goals came from Jordan Kyle and Heather Jones making the score in favor of the Golden Eagles, 4-3.
Carigon, the Hilo, Hawaii, native finished her career hat trick day in the 86th minute coming off a corner kick pushing Cornerstone past the Cougars 5-3.
Cornerstone out shot St. Francis 12-7 in the contest, while owning the corner kicks 11-4 over the Cougars. Goalkeeper Kathy Butt, remained between the posts for the Golden Eagles during the entire contest, recording 2 saves.
Set Piece Queens
The Golden Eagles soccer team starts their season off in a strong way with four of their seven goals coming off set pieces. Against Taylor University, Morgan Vance capitalized off a corner kick. In the match against St. Francis, Carigon scored two of her goals off corners and Wiegman capitalized off a free kick coming from Stegink.
The Golden Eagles continue their season on Wednesday at Cornerstone Stadium playing host to ranked opponent, Spring Arbor University. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.
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