FAIRMONT - Fairmont Area junior striker Sierra Schultz literally netted an achievement that had not occurred since 2009, while the Cardinal girls soccer team set a school record.
Schultz produced a natural hattrick to complement an assist as Fairmont Area unleashed a single-game mark of 32 shots on goal to flatten the Worthington Trojans, 5-0, during non-league action Monday night at Kot Soccer Complex.
"It's probably been about four years since anyone's scored three goals in one game for us," Cardinal mentor Matt Nielsen said in reference to former standout Sabine Schaftner's numerous high-scoring performances during the 2009 campaign.
BREAKING AWAY — Fairmont Area defender Nicole Lenort (right) breaks into the open field after maneuvering the soccer ball away from Worthington’s Melissa Soukphilanouvong during a nonconference game on Monday night at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
"I thought the girls totally controlled the entire game tonight," Nielsen said in reference to his lineup's incredible 32-to-1 shots-on-goal edge to go with an additional 24 shots near the goal.
Worthington freshman goaltender Ahmitara Alwal proved her mettle between the pipes by generating 14 of her eventual 27 saves to produce a scoreless shutout by halftime.
"You have to give her a lot of credit - she (Alwal) made some great stops tonight," said NIelsen.
Unfortunately for Alwal, both of her netminding counterparts - Fairmont Area's Jess Koskovich and Alex Christianson - hardly had to move as the Cardinals maintained control of the ball on their side of the field for nearly all 80 minutes of regulation.
Junior forward Lexi Johnson finally spoiled Alwal's shutout bid by hammering home a carom off of Schultz's initial blast on the net. Schultz weaved through right-wing traffic before unleashing a low liner that Alwal knocked away, but Johnson cleaned up the rebound from the left doorstop at the 31:19 juncture of the second half.
The floodgates opened as less than 5 minutes later midfielder Quincy Quiring drilled a perfectly-curled pass from the right point to Logyn Cone near the left post. Cone alertly found the net by taking the pass in mid-air and tapping it home in one swift motion for a 2-0 lead with 26:25 remaining in regulation.
The fleet-footed Schultz then began her natural hattrick by taking a right-wing entry pass from Brooklyn Leichtnam past two Trojan defenders. Schultz made a quick cross-over maneuver to her left and used her left foot to drill her first goal of the game inside of the left post at the 14-minute mark.
Schultz then cut a path through the grass on a breakaway opportunity via Natalie Shimon's long lead pass 10 yards short of midfield. Schultz sped by the Worthington defense before lining a low right-to-left shot past Alwal for a 4-0 edge with 10:13 remaining.
Brooklyn Leichtnam then spotted Schultz near the right corner of the box, with Schultz weaving around traffic by knocking home her third goal of the game at the 6:43 mark.
Koskovich made one first-half save, while Christianson did not face a shot on goal during the second segment to combine for the shutout.
Worthington's Halie Singsaath generated her team's only shot on goal during the game.
Fairmont Area (7-5-2) closes out the regular season by traveling to New Prague on Saturday for an 11 a.m. non-league game.
Worthington (0-9-1) travels to Glencoe today for a 6 p.m. game with Glencoe-Silver Lake.
FA - Lexi Johnson (Sierra Schultz), 31:19.
FA - Logyn Cone (Quincy Quiring), 26:25.
FA - Schultz (Brooklyn Leichtnam), 14:00.
FA - Schultz (Natalie Shimon), 10:13.
FA - Schultz (B. Leichtnam), 6:43.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 14-18-32; Worthington 1-0-1.
Saves: Ahmitara Alwal (W) 14-13-27; Jess Koskovich (FA) 1-x-1, Alex Christianson x-0-0.