After being held scoreless in its first four games this fall, Hammond broke out in a big way on Thursday evening against Oakland Mills.
Senior Mansa Aseidu registered a hat trick and the Golden Bears’ offense scored four times in the opening 15 minutes en route to an eventual 6-0 road victory over the Scorpions.
“The first few games we had to focus on our defense, because the girls were struggling with positioning. But we knew with this situation today, we would be able to focus a lot more on pushing forward,” Hammond coach Niki Dorn-Pekins said. “We put an extra player up there, lightened the midfield a little and gave them the options so that they could make runs and create opportunities.”
Aseidu, who kicked off the scoring in the seventh minute of the game by finishing a failed clear on the left post, said the team didn’t let the lopsided losses to open the season affect the team’s confidence.
“I was really looking for those diagonal runs and looking to connect passes with the people in the center and anyone that was open for a shot,” she said. “I really just wanted to let go of any negative mindset that I had about shooting and really play my best game.”
Oakland Mills (0-2, 0-4) had advanced the ball into Hammond (1-1, 1-4) territory twice in the opening few minutes, but after that it was all Golden Bears.
Aseidu kicked off the scoring and then the floodgates opened. Just less than three minutes after Hammond’s first goal, Molly Schreier upped the lead to 2-0 on a looping shot from just outside the box.
Then Aseidu scored her second goal of the game off a feed from Emma Schreier with 26:08 left in the opening half. Just over a minute after that, Emma Schreier scored a goal of her own to make it 4-0.
Before the end of the half, Ashley Bissenas got in on the scoring action by redirecting a cross from teammate Jaeda Trabilsy into the back of the net.
After the break, Hammond continued to control the run of play and, with 30:45 remaining in regulation, Aseidu completed her hat trick. After a run down the left sideline, she cut toward the middle of the field and fired the ball into the far side of the net to make it 6-0.
Dorn-Pekins said it was exactly what she hoped to see from her team and now the key is building on it.
“Today we were putting some combinations together and it looked like we were playing soccer out there. So if we can continue to play the same format and structure that we did here, then we should at least continue to be competitive and keep the score close against most teams,” Dorn-Pekins said.
Hammond 6, Oakland Mills 0
Goals: Ha – Aseidu 3, Molly Schreier, Emma Schreier, Bissenas.
Assists: Ha – Emma Schreier, Trabilsy.
Saves: Ha – None; OM – Alex Sellman 8, Jordan Navarro 2.
Half: 5-0 Ha.
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