BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEST POINT – The Lady Crusaders capitalized on some balanced scoring including three scores from senior Ali Randolph in an 8-2 win over Mid-Prairie Wellman in girls soccer action Tuesday night.
Elle Rashid got Holy Trinity on the board first with a goal at 31:07 in the first half. The two teams kept each other at bay for the next 19 minutes before Randolph booted one in at the 12:31 mark. Mid Prairie got on the board in the first half when HTC defenders skipped a pass back to Avery Malinski, that bounced up and snuck into the net. Both Mid-Prairie goals were scored that way.
The second half was mostly offense for HTC. Taylor Boeding started the onslaught with an 18-footer from the right side of the pitch going into the Mid-Prairie goal’s left side. Maya Rashid got the assist from just past mid-field.
Nicole Pothitakis scored just 90 seconds later on a shot straight up the middle with an assist from Randolph in a tight grouping in front of the goal. Eight minutes later Randolph, who patrols the middle of the field on offense, snuck another ball past Mid Prairie’s Kirsten Duwa on a break up the center off an assist by Pothitakis.
Then Elyse Pothitakis got in on the scoring action just about four minutes later and the rout was on. Pothitakis scored on an assist to the left side from Maya Rashid. Rashid then went down the field to the south and scored off an intercept in just 13 seconds to put HTC up 7-1.
Randolph iced the game with another goal up the center unassisted to put the Lady Crusaders up 8-2. Maya Rashid had three assists on the night to lead HTC. Malinski had seven saves and Boeding took four shots on the night to lead in that category.
The win moves HTC to 7-3 on the season and sets up a nice matchup with Fort Madison on Thursday at West Point. The Bloodhounds are coming off three consecutive shutouts, are 8-3 on the year and have won seven of their last eight games.