TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Aubree Ford’s second career hat trick sparked the Scottsbluff girls soccer team to its first win of the season on Friday afternoon in Torrington, Wyo.
Ford’s three goals fueled an explosive Bearcat offense that erupted for five goals in a 5-2 win over the Trailblazers.
“It’s always a little sense of relief to get that first win,” Scottsbluff coach Chad Larson said. “The girls understand that what we’re working on in practice is starting to translate onto the field in games. It was a good day.”
The five-goal tally was a season-high for Scottsbluff through just four matches. It certainly came at a good time after the Bearcats were held scoreless in a 5-0 setback to Cheyenne East on Tuesday.
After Torrington freshman Noemi Amaro gave the Blazers a quick 1-0 lead in just the second minute of play, Ford’s first goal knotted the score at 1-1 just six minutes later. Kenzie Sanchez assisted on the scoring play.
Amaro put Torrington back in front with a goal in the 28th minute. But the Bearcats managed to pull even at halftime on a nifty goal by Kelli Wentz in the 37th minute. Wentz bent her corner kick right into the goal to tie the match at 2-2.
The second half belonged all to Scottsbluff. Hannah Holloway scored just eight minutes into play off an assist by Chloey Reifschneider to give the Bearcats a 3-2 advantage.
Ford accounted for Scottsbluff’s final two goals in a span of just three minutes to give the Bearcats a comfortable, three-goal cushion. The first of Ford’s second-half goals was unassisted, while the second one was scored off an assist by Claire Holsinger.
“She finally found the back of the net,” Larson said of Ford. “She scored one of them with her left foot, which is really good for her. She got the keeper to go one way and then she shot it with her left. I think that’s a confidence booster for her because she doesn’t think she has that good of a left foot. She proved herself wrong on that one.”
Scottsbluff’s offense proved over-powering by out-shooting Torrington 28-5. The Bearcats also held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks. Livvy Michael made three saves in net for the Bearcats.
Larson hopes the strong performance by his young squad will give the Bearcats some momentum going forward after a slow start.
“To get this win is a really good feeling,” he said. “I felt like we should have snagged a win last weekend against Kearney Catholic. We just didn’t finish on a couple of opportunities that probably would have got us the win. So, we really feel like we should be 2-2 at this point.”
Larson also lauded the performance of the Blazers, who gave Scottsbluff all it could handle for most of the match.
“I really think they have improved,” he said. “They’re playing angles, crossing the ball, switching the field, and good things like that. I think Mary [Perkins] has done a really good job. Their program is definitely improving very quickly. It’s good to see because good competition makes everybody better. That’s a good thing.”
After playing four matches in a stretch of seven days, Scottsbluff won’t be back in action until April 1 when the Bearcats travel to North Platte to take on Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.