Aalbue’s hat trick powers No. 16 Grace
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Freshman JJ Aalbue enjoyed the first hat trick of her young career on Wednesday.
Grace’s women’s soccer team racked up five goals in a 5-2 win over Indiana Tech at 1st Source Bank Field.
It did not take long for No. 16 Grace to puncture the Warriors’ net. In the seventh minute, Joana Schimmel found Sacia Hanson open on the left side of the field. Hanson dribbled through a pair of Warrior defenders and drove a shot to the near post for her first goal of the season.
Twelve minutes later, the Lady Lancers’ lead grew. JJ Aalbue started a run at midfield along the left sideline. She muscled past a defender and beat the goalkeeper with a shot at the 18:38 mark.
The Warriors pounced on a loose ball in the penalty box to get on the scoreboard just two minutes later, and Grace held that 2-1 lead into halftime.
While Grace (7-1) dominated time of possession, Indiana Tech (4-2) was only outshot 8-5 in the first half.
The second half was a different story. Grace earned a free kick in the 58th minute. Aalbue took the kick and shot with such power that the Warriors’ goalkeeper could only parry the ball into the back of the net.
Aalbue finished off her hat trick 11 minutes later. Liz Van Wormer sent Aalbue on a run with a leading pass on the left side. Aalbue again beat her defender in the box and sliced her shot to the far post from a tight angle at the 68:42 mark.
Similar to their first goal, the Warriors struck again soon after a Grace goal. Indiana Tech scored off a free kick to make the score 4-2.
But Grace was able to squeeze in one more tally before the final horn. Hanson sped into a crossing position on the right side. She centered a pass into the box toward Liz Van Wormer, and Van Wormer cleverly shot into the back of the net in the 85th minute.
For the match, Grace outshot Indiana Tech 18-8. The Lady Lancers were accurate, recording 14 shots on goal.
Aalbue nearly outshot the Warriors herself with seven shots and five on goal. Baylei Peters shot three times, and Hanson had two shots.
Madison Putman earned the win in goal by making three saves in 90 minutes.
The Lady Lancers remain at home Saturday for their final nonconference game of the year. Grace hosts Cleary on Saturday at 7 p.m.