Genevieve Crose supplied all the offense Madison needed on Thursday at Ram Field.
The talented senior forward scored a hat trick, leading the Rams to a 3-0 win over Mansfield Senior in Ohio Cardinal Conference play Thursday at Madison.
Madison coach Erin Schulz was pleased with her team’s play.
“We’ve worked on our tactical play transitioning from defense to offense and utilizing two distinct formations — a 3-4-3 and a 3-5-2,” Schultz said. “We were able to isolate Annie (Atwell) on the right side for the services into the box.”
The Rams (2-2 overall, 1-1 OCC), outshot the Tygers 27-9.
It led to a frustrating night for Mansfield Senior coach Dustin Hosler, who saw his team fall to 0-5, 0-2. But he was encouraged by some aspects of his squad’s performance.
“We played well the first 20 minutes of the first half and even shot on goal 10 seconds in,” Hosler said. “(Rebecca)Fisher and (Mollie) Wade showed good senior leadership and that will benefit the rest of the team in the games ahead.”
At the 30:40 mark of the first half, Madison senior captain and midfielder Atwell delivered a cross from the right touch-line, which dropped into the second-six of the penalty box. Crose one-touched the ball past the grasp of Tyger goal-keeper Jillian Nehrkorn from six yards away for a 1-0 lead.
“Madison’s first goal seemed to take its toll. It got us down and we never recovered after that,” Hosler said.
Less than five minutes later at the 35:46 mark of the first half, it happened again.
Atwell collected her second assist, again on a cross from the right side of the pitch. The ball dropped into the top of the goal box to a waiting Crose, who again shot the ball into the net to put the Rams on top 2-0 going into intermission.
Midway thru the second half at the 60:37 mark, Crose collected the ball from 35-yards out on the right flank and rocketed a shot into the upper 90’s of Senior High’s goal span to complete the hat-trick.
Madison goalkeeper Catherine Loughman was credited with six saves on the night. Nehrkorn had 13 stops for the Tygers.