Two freshmen and a sophomore buried a total of six goals as Western Michigan Christian sloshed through the mud at Fremont Tuesday for a 7-1 opening game win over the Packers.
Freshman Jessica Kinnucan had a hat trick in her first game for the Lady Warriors while sophomore Alexys Riksen had two goals. Senior Julie Merz and freshmen Brea Frein each put one into the net. Merz, Kinnucan, Risen and freshman Mikaela Erickson each had an assist.
WMC outshot Fremont 28-8.
The junior varsity teams started play at 4 p.m., but the game was stopped after eight minutes due to lighting and thunder with the score tied at 0-0. After waiting for the storm to clear, it was decided to cancel the JV game and just play the varsity game.
"It was a tough condition to start the game with. We moved from hard surface at our practices to a rain-soaked, mushy field," WMC coach David Hulings said.
"Although this was a team effort, it was nice to have our younger players step us so strong for the first game. We had to experiment with player position and style of play, but the girls did a good job of adapting to conditions, the other team and the first-year jitters. The defenders did a good job to keep Fremont off the board for most of the game. Alli Langeland had her first start leading in the back and really did a great job."
"It will be tough to play in these conditions and then return to the pitch tonight against a tougher team like Reeths Puffer, but it will test us,” Hulings added. “With the season shaped so much by the weather, we will have many tough situations like this to play in. Hopefully this will make us tougher and prepare us for the tournament."