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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Maya McDonald posted a ‘Hat Trick’ of three goals Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over East Columbus.

McDonald turned a pass from senior Ashley Hardin into a goal in the second minute of  play. Two minutes later McDonald struck again converting a feed from sophmore Katie Evans into a goal.

Junior Sydney Wober blasted in a penalty kick in the eleventh minute, and Evans fired in a goal seven minutes later to push the East Bladen lead to 4-0.

McDonald completed her ‘Hat Trick’ in the 28th minute turning a pass from junior Patience Ward into a goal. Hardin knocked in a goal off of a pass from Evans four minutes later.

Sophomore Kenia Medina converted a pass from junior Gracyn Martin into a goal. Martin boosted the East Bladen lead to 8-0 with a goal one minute before halftime.

Two minutes after halftime Wober received an assist from junior Cybil Campbell and finished the game on the mercy rule with a curling shot from just outside the 18 yardline.

Wober finished with 2 goals, and Evans dished out 2 assists and a goal. Hardin and Martin totaled one goal and one assist each.

“We started quick and that was nice,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “We moved the ball well at times and are getting better each time we play. We are really fast and can get up and down the field really well.”

East Bladen outshot the Lady Gators 28-0 in the game. “Ashley, Katie and Sydney had big games and really own the middle of the pitch,” said Raynor. “Maya and Patience up top bring speed and aggression that’s going to be tough to match.”

“Ashton (Magby) made a few big stops in the back as did Ashley and Sarah Johnson,” continued Raynor. “Kenia did a great job in the back as well as up top.

The Lady Eagles, now 3-0 in the TRC and 5-0 overall, will host West Columbus Wednesday night.