Jordan Miller’s Hat Trick Fuels the #25 Rangers to a 3-1 Victory Over #12 Winona State
The nationally ranked #25 Regis Ranger women's soccer team entered the Regis Match Pitch in Denver today for their home opener against the nationally ranked #12 Winona State University Warriors.
The women kicked off the game at 5:00 PM without a hitch. Within the second minute of play, senior forward Jordan Miller stole the ball from a Warrior defender and from beyond the 18 yard box, delivered an unassisted goal to the back of the net for her first goal of the game.
In the 36th minute, the Rangers were struggling to maintain possession on the Warrior side of the field. Sophomore forward Meghan Stuart sent the ball to senior forward Kari Taylor who served it up to Miller who then netted the ball for the second goal of the game.
Jordan Miller stated "good passes from my teammates allowed me to score. The team played really well with lots of energy today."
The Rangers had a threatening possession again in the 62nd minute that resulted in a third and final goal by Miller, giving her a hat trick on the day. Freshman defender Kellynn McDaniel brought the ball toward the Warrior goal and passed it over to junior midfielder Marissa Davis. Davis one-touch passed it to Miller who had the open shot.
Head coach J.B. Belzer said "there were good goals in the first and second half, but we must finish the game, with better quality play from top to bottom. He continued "the team must rely on everybody to get the win.
In the 82nd minute, Warriors freshman midfielder Alaina Kne scored their first goal of the match. Senior forward Melissa Sellier served the ball right outside the goal for Kne to put in.
Belzer commented that "we know the importance of Northern Sun teams. We took a good step forward in today's win." He went on to say "this is a team we could potentially see down the road. All in all, I am pleased with the third regional win."
Sophomore goalie Ellen Augsburger will get the win. The Rangers kept the Warriors to one goal and nine total shots.