Rachel Spangler had a hat trick, plus one, and Maddie Adams had three assists Monday as Lincoln beat visiting Corbin 6-2.
Spangler, a junior forward, tallied two goals in each half for Lincoln (4-2). Morgan Dennis and Kristen Meece scored a goal apiece.
Lincoln and Corbin had equal scoring opportunities with 21 shots on goal each, but the Lady Patriots managed to take advantage of a few more of their chances to break open the tightly-contested game and hand the Lady Redhounds their first loss.
“They were a good team. They were undefeated,” Lincoln coach Andrew Kaiser said. “They had a couple really good girls and a couple really fast girls, but we were able to keep up with them and capitalize on opportunities.”
Lincoln never trailed in the game, with Spangler working to the left of goal just five minutes into the game then punching in her first goal.
Corbin (5-1) quickly answered the goal, with Amerah Dixon notching her own goal just three minutes later to even the game at 1-all.
The 1-1 tie stood until the 18:42 mark of the first when Adams dribbled the ball toward the left of goal then passed to Spangler who booted it in to put Lincoln up 2-1.
The two defenses ended the first half in a standoff, and the toe-to-toe battle continued into the second half until Spangler hit again in the 56th minute. Micheala Sebastian got the assist on the score, passing to Spangler for the shot in front of goal. Corbin goalkeeper Sydni Roaden got a grab on the ball but couldn’t control the shot which fell back into the net.
Just over two minutes had expired when Dennis got on the boards to make it 4-1, Lincoln, fielding a Kristen Meece pass from the right side and pushing it into goal behind Roaden.
Corbin ended its scoring drought with 16:30 left in the game as Kaitlyn Waddle, battling in front of Lincoln goalkeeper Jerrica Kidd, finally got her shot to go to get within 4-2.
The Lady Redhounds would bombard Kidd with shots in the second half. Corbin got 15 of its 21 shots on goal in the second half.
“They pushed a few more girls up and it really was hard on our defense, so we had to drop a couple people back,” Kaiser said of Corbin’s offensive push. “They just kept taking shot after shot but they were just trying to catch up, which is what you have to do to try and win.”
Corbin’s offensive surge produced just the one goal as Lincoln held the Lady Redhounds at bay to claim the big win.
Meece extended the Lady Patriot lead to 5-2 with a goal off an Adams assist with a minute to play then Spangler closed with a header off a direct kick by Adams for the final.
“They did a great job,” said Kaiser of his Lady Patriots. “I’m real proud of the girls and how hard they are working on the field. The girls’ positioning on the field seems to be getting better and better game after game. The girls are doing well.”
Kidd’s work in goal was pivotal in the win, with the junior keeper credited with 13 saves off Corbin’s 21 shots.
“We’re real proud of her. She’s done a great job for us all year,”¿Kaiser said. “She directs everybody, and she really does well. She’s been playing goalkeeper a while and I watched her as a fan for a couple years. She does well.”
Roaden had five saves for Corbin.