Page, Haydet's Hat-Tricks Lead Colonials
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Apr 25, 2014, 14:28
Mia Heydet finishes off a hat trick scoring midway through the second half on this play.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Mia Heydet and Erin Page had three goals each, as Colonial Heights beat Meadowbrook 9-1 in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
Meadowbrook scored the first goal in the opening minutes, but the Colonials responded with six goals in the remaining 35 minutes to take a 6-1 half time lead. Colonials assistant coach Colleen Hirn said the team was not expecting Meadowbrook to come out that aggressively, but once they settled down the Colonials took control.
“Meadowbrook plays a different game than we are used to. They play really tight triangles in the middle, most teams we see play a more open game,” Hirn said.
It didn’t take too long for the Colonials to figure out how to handle the short passing game. Katlyn Foster struck first for the Colonials before Erin and Mia took over most of the scoring, hitting the next four goals. Alexis Page rounded out the first half with the sixth goal. Hirn said E. Page is one of the team’s more creative players and that Heydet is a solid player as well. She was not surprised that they led the scoring.
“I would expect nothing less from them, they are really fantastic players,” she said.
Although having the midfield in close did cause problems for the Colonials, Hirn told her players to push the ball outside instead of attacking down the middle. That tactic would open the field up for crosses and runs to get their shots. That’s what happened in the second half, when the Colonials possessed the ball for the majority of the 32 minutes of play.
“We talked about how they were playing during the half and came out and played much better,” Hirn said.
Erin Page scores her third goal of the game to end the game eight minutes early.
While the team possessed the ball longer in the half, they did not take as many shots. But when the shots developed they were typically on goal. Heydet’s goal in the 58th minute put the Colonials within two of the mercy rule at 7-1.
A few minutes later Macy Tereschenko corralled a bouncing ball in the middle of the penalty area, and hit a roller that caught the left edge of the netting. Page’s game finisher came on a cross from the right that landed in front of her, and she was able to strike the ball putting it past Meadowbrook’s keeper.
“We needed this win. Our season has been going pretty well, we are steadily improving,” Hirn said.