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Women's Soccer Uses Big First Half to Top Mars Hill


MARS HILL, N.C. -- Catawba exploded for five first-half goals and posted its second straight conference shutout with a 5-0 win over host Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer action on Saturday afternoon at Meares Stadium.  The win improves the Catawba Indians to 2-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the SAC.  The Lions fall to 0-4-1 and 0-2.

The Lady Indians wasted little time in taking the lead as Shelby Vasich (Chatsworth, Calif./El Camino Real) scored before a minute was off the clock.  Catawba has scored in the opening 10 minutes in each of its first four matches this year and three times have found the back of the net in the first five minutes.

After Vasich scored from a throw in by Anna Sidders (Matthews, N.C./Union Academy), Bailey Howell (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) scored twice to make it 3-0.  Her first goal came off a pass from Hannah Cruse (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant), while the second was unassisted on a breakaway.

Caitlin Hill (Advance, N.C./W. Forsyth) converted off a long pass from Gudney Jonsdottir (Mosfellsbar, Iceland) and the lead was 4-0 by the half hour mark.  Kiersten Peck (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) ended the first-half barraged in the final minute, knocking home a rebound.

Shelby Thompson (Charlotte, N.C./Hopewell/Charlotte) earned the nod in goal for Catawba and saved six shots in posting the shutout.  Catawba doubled up the Lions in shots 22-11.  Maslyn Greene had six saves for Mars Hill. 

Catawba, which scored only 13 goals last season, has already netted a dozen goals in four matches in 2016.  The five goals matched its highest output since posting an identical 5-0 shutout over Anderson in 2014. 

Catawba is on the road again Wednesday with a league test at Lenoir-Rhyne with kickoff at 5 p.m.

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