Junior Megan Riley notched a hat trick Thursday night to tame South Lyon, 8-0, in a KLAA Central Division girls soccer match.
The Wildcats, who improved to 4-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the division, jumped out to a 5-0 halftime advantage on goals by junior Chloe Allen (from junior Jessie); (from senior Amanda ); Riley twice; and senior Christina .
In the second half,notched her second of the night followed by third and senior Devon Powers.
Sophomore, getting her first varsity start, made one save to pick up the shutout.
The loss dropped the Lions to 0-5-1 overall and 0-3 in the KLAA Central.
NOVI 2, STEVENSON 1: Junior Chloe Allen tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner with just eight minutes remaining to give host Wildcats (3-0-1, 2-0) a KLAA Central Division victory April 14 against Livonia Stevenson (2-2-2, 0-1-1) at Meadows Stadium.
“Overall, I thought we played hard and it was a great team win tonight,”interim coach Todd said. “It definitely was not our best performance, but we knew coming into the game it is always tough when you play that first game after spring break and there has been so much time off.”
opened up the scoring in the first five minutes of the game when junior Megan Riley redirected the ball behind the Spartans’ defense to Allen, who collected the ball, dribbled in and slipped it past the oncoming Stevenson goalkeeper.
But just 20 minutes later, Stevenson tied the game off a corner kick by juniorto Jessie Wagner.
The score remained 1-1 until the 72-minute mark whensenior midfielder Devon Powers played a beautiful one-time pass between two Stevenson defenders to a cutting Allen, who perfectly placed shot into the right side of the net.
“Technically we were a little off today, which led to quite a few unforced turnovers,”said. “Stevenson is a very good team that plays very well together, so going forward we need to do a better job of protecting the ball and keeping more possession. It was nice to get the win tonight even when we did not play our best, but we definitely have quite a few things to work on as we move forward in our season.”
Junior goalkeeperpicked up her fourth win of the season making three saves for the Wildcats, who the Spartans 11-8, including 5-4 with shots on goal.
“I thought senior midfielder Devon Powers did a nice job for us tonight as well as freshmen defenderLynch, who made her first start tonight and did a nice job against the quick and talented Stevenson forwards.”