Hellweg hat trick leads ASC rout of Falcons
Four fast goals help give ASC 5-1 win over UTPB
ALAMOSA, Colo. – Making their first appearance at the new ASC Soccer Field on Friday afternoon, the Adams State women’s soccer team grabbed a 4-0 lead just over 15 minutes into the action thanks to a goal from senior Autumn Boyer (South Sioux City, Neb.) and three from senior Jessica Hellweg (Island Lake, Ill.), before cruising to a 5-1 victory over UT-Permian Basin.
The Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on the young season while dropping the Falcons to 1-3. Their four goals in the first half are the second most in a half in program history while five in a game ranks third.
Boyer, who scored her first career goal last Saturday in the team’s season-opener, wasted no time in scoring the second of her career. Just three minutes and one second after the contest started she tapped in a ball from junior teammate Kaylee Smith (Platte City, Mo.) from just one yard out and the Grizzlies led, 1-0. Boyer’s was the fifth fastest goal to start a contest in ASC history.
Then it was time for the Hellweg show, as the senior forward scored the next three ASC goals in a span of 12:10. Her first came at the 4:29 mark, as the younger Smith sister, Whitney Smith (Platte City, Mo.) delivered a pass from beyond midfield that Hellweg took and deposited into the net from 15 yards out.
In the seventh minute of action Hellweg took a pass from freshman Paige Bendele (Lakewood, Colo.) and beat UTPB keeper Alexix Frueh to the left for the second time in under two minutes and the Grizzlies were quickly up 3-0. Her final strike came after a Frueh save on a shot from Boyer, as she was able to corral the rebound and tap the ball into an open net.
Hellweg’s first goal, which proved to be the game-winner, was the ASC record-breaking sixth such goal of her career.
The three goals move Hellweg’s career total to 17, just one behind Ashley Sales who ranks No. 2 in ASC annals and three behind the program’s career leader Sara Lyle’s total of 20. She also moved into a tie for second all-time in career points, matching Sales’ 39.
Freshman keeper Christine Stemple was solid in the net all day, allowing just one goal in 73:49 of action, and stopping all four of the Falcon’s attempts on target in the first half to leave ASC up 4-0 at the break.
UTPB’s Hannah Dozier started the second half, netting an unassisted goal in the 49th minute to chip away at the Grizzly lead and make the score 4-1. But the Falcon’s were unable to put the get off a shot on target for the rest of the game.
The Grizzlies concluded their scoring at the 71:50 mark when freshman Allie Mercado (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) netted her second goal of the season. UTPB keeper Victoria Ramirez got a finger on the shot, but was unable to deny Mercado.
Mercado was the Grizzlies’ leading shot-taker, firing off six in the game, while Hellweg took four and Boyer and senior Amber Drumm (Maple Valley, Wash.) each took three.
The Grizzlies, who avenged a loss to the Falcons’ from last season, will head to Pueblo, Colo. on Sunday for a neutral site match-up with Angelo State (Texas) in another attempt to get payback, as the Rams topped ASC 3-1 in San Angelo, Texas in 2010. The match will the Grizzlies’ last non-conference outing of the season, and can be followed via live stats by fans unable to make the trip to Pueblo.
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