Thursday, for the second consecutive match, the Hillsboro varsity soccer team went through regulation and two overtimes without scoring or allowing a goal. In the end, the Hawks took care of the Windsor Owls 1-0, winning by outscoring the Owls 4-2 on penalty kicks. The victory improves the Hawks’ record to 8-6 on the season.
“The game was a rematch of last year’s district championship game,” said head coach Chris Schacht. “Both teams played well and had chances on each end during regulation and the two overtimes.”
Despite neither team scoring, the game was a bit more offensive minded than the game against St. Clair. Hillsboro goalkeeper, Kenzie Baker, had to come up big with ten saves, and then two more in the shootout. Baker, who had never played goalie prior to this season, is finally getting a handle on things, according to her coach. “I think MacKenzie is starting to understand the keeper position much better,” said Coach Schacht. “She’s starting to make plays that goalkeepers make instead of just being a shot-stopper.”
The Hawks had 11 shots on net, and had ten corners on the night. But Coach Schacht sees a positive from the lack of offensive firepower. “We played very well defensively, from front to back, pressuring them high to win turnovers in the offensive third,” he said. “We are not giving them too much in our defensive third. When our team plays well, they’re fun to watch, although we’re not as explosive offensively this year as last. I think we are taking on a new identity and becoming a team that doesn’t give up a whole lot to the other team.”
And the offense isn’t exactly without talent. All four penalty kicks found the back of the net thanks to Lauren Pickett, Abby Schacht, Raechel Hamilton, and Lauren Kuehn.
Last night’s game was played to honor those individuals who have been diagnosed with autism. The Hawks wore jerseys with the autism symbol and Autism Speaks on the back.
The Hawks are now off until next Friday when they participate in the 12th Annual Central Missouri Soccer Invitational, hosted by Camdenton and School of the Osage. Hillsboro’s first game will be at 2:00 p.m. against Father Tolton.