LEICESTER, Mass. --- Becker senior forward Lindsey Keith (Sutton, Mass. / Sutton) scored four goals as the Becker College women's soccer team won 7-0 over visiting Bay Path University on Wednesday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Alumni Field on the Becker campus in Leicester.
October 10, 2018
Alumni Field, Leicester
Score: Becker 7, Bay Path 0
Records: Becker (8-4-2, 3-1-1 NECC) | Bay Path (6-4-1, 2-3 NECC)
Keith, the reigning NECC Player of the Week and Becker's all-time leading scorer, was locked in early in the game. Just five minutes into the game, Keith took a pass from sophomore midfielder Shannon Kelley (Bellingham, Mass. / Blackstone Valley Technical) on a through ball and blasted it into the net for her 19th goal of the season.
Then in the 22nd minute, Becker freshman forward Skyler Tenney (Jaffrey, N.H. / Conant) found Keith for a shot to the right side as the Hawks went up 2-0.
In the 29th minute, sophomore midfielder Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn. / Lyme-Old Lyme) scored her fourth goal of the season off a cross from the left side, assisted by sophomore midfielder Alyson Eldridge (Dummerston, Vt. / Keene).
Finally, with six minutes left in the first half, Keith faked out a defender and the keeper to finish with an easy shot to the low-left side of the goal. Keith's third goal put Becker ahead 4-0. That score would hold up going into halftime.
Becker kept the pressure on in the second half. In the 59th minute, Tenney scored her third goal of the season when Kelley found her on a cross from the left side as the Hawks went up 5-0.
Bay Path had their best chance to score of the game with 27:30 to go in the game when they put a beautiful corner kick right in front of the Hawk net. But Bay Path senior forward Jai Ruiz' (Hadley, Mass. / Hopkins Academy) point-blank shot was saved by Becker senior defender Jordan Inkley (Warwick, R.I. / Toll Gate), and senior goalkeeper Jordyn Martel (Chicopee, Mass. / Chicopee) scooped the ball up to end the threat.
In the 68th minute, Kelley found Keith once again for her fourth goal of the game off a cross from the right side. The Hawks were up 6-0.
Finally, with 3:27 to go in the game, senior midfielder Helena Ortiz (Memphis, Tenn. / Cordova) scored her second goal of the year as she made a move to the middle and launched a ball over the keeper's head. The 7-0 score would hold up as a final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Becker outshot Bay Path, 30-13, with a 13-6 edge in shots on goals.
• Keith now has hat tricks (three or more goals) in three consecutive games.
• In a matchup of the NECC's top two goal-scorers, Keith outscored Ruiz, 4-0. The Hawk defense held Ruiz to two shots.
• Becker freshman goalkeeper Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins (Elmira, N.Y. / Elmira) played the first half for the Hawks, recording two saves. Martel played in the second half, tallying three stops. Bay Path junior Caitlyn Esposito (East Haven, Conn. / East Haven) went the distance for the Wildcats, with six saves.
• Corner kicks were tied, 3-3.
The Hawks are back on the field on Saturday when they travel to Dean College for a 12:00 p.m. NECC match. The Wildcats likewise play their next game on the road when they head to Eastern Nazarene College for a noontime matchup.
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