ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union's women's soccer team scored an impressive 7-0 win over Spalding (Ky.) in the home opener Saturday at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders are off to a 2-0 start to the season and have back-to-back wins for the first time since September 2008. Coupled with the 3-0 win Thursday at Waynesburg, Mount Union's 10 goals are the most in consecutive games since 2002 (4-0 win vs. Hiram and 6-1 win vs. Washington & Jefferson).
Goals came early and often in the first period as the Raiders first two scores came over a span of 23 seconds in the 11th minute.
Gina Wall (Warren/Howland) made a defender miss 18 yards out then beat the keeper to put Mount Union on the board then on the ensuing restart Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) fed Ashley Kuhn (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) for a score and a 2-0 lead.
Mount Union put two more quick ones on the board about midway through the period in a span of 1:03 as Jackie Lowdermilk (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) scored off a pass from Allison Fouss (Lowell/Marietta) in the 21st minute then Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington) knocked in a rebound to make it 4-0.
Five minutes later, Kolesar made a defender miss then went to the far post in the 26th minute as Mount Union took a 5-0 lead into the lockers.
Kolesar then scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 60th minute off an assist from Wall to extend the lead to 6-0.
Flitcraft then got her second score of the day in the 74th minute to finish the scoring.
Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) and Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) combined for the shutout as Mount Union dominated play and out-shot Spalding, 38-3.
The Raiders return to action Sunday at 2 pm when they host Hilbert (N.Y.) at 2 pm at Mount Union Stadium.
Spalding (Ky.) (0-1) vs. Mount Union (2-0)
Date: Sep 03, 2011 Attendance: 236
Weather: 80 F Hot and Sunny
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Spalding (Ky.)...... 0 0 - 0
Mount Union......... 5 2 - 7
1. 10:24 MTU Gina Wall (1) (unassisted) - Made a move on the 18 to beat a defender and the keeper
2. 10:47 MTU Ashley Kuhn (Kylee Kolesar)
3. 20:33 MTU Jackie Lowdermilk (Allison Fouss)
4. 21:39 MTU Alyssa Flitcraft (unassisted)
5. 25:08 MTU Kylee Kolesar (unassisted) - Move in box and burried in the bottom right
6. 59:17 MTU Kylee Kolesar (Gina Wall)
7. 73:57 MTU Alyssa Flitcraft (unassisted) - rebound off keeper
Shots: Spalding (Ky.) 3, Mount Union 38
Saves: Spalding (Ky.) 14 (Ross, Monica 5; Truster, Kim 9), Mount Union
2 (Taryn Vespoint 2)