SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The College of Saint Mary soccer team got back on track Saturday night with a big win. The Flames defeated Morningside College 4-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference contest.
"This was a great way to comeback from the last two games," CSM Coach Maren McCrary said. "We've dealt with some adversity this week and I think those things can really bring a team together – we did that tonight as a team."
It was a big win in the GPAC standings with both teams entering the match in the middle of the pack. With the win, CSM is now 3-2 in the GPAC and 6-7 overall, while Morningside drops to 2-2, 6-5.
Official statistics were not available after the game, but McCrary said Elli McMeekin (SO/Columbus, Neb.) led the Flames with a hat trick.
Sara Betzelberger (SR/Omaha, Neb.) scored CSM's first goal with an assist from Hanna Staudenmaier (SR/Omaha, Neb.). McMeekin then scored her first goal, which was unassisted, and followed that up with another goal assisted by Astrid Maeda (SO/South Sioux City, Neb.). McMeekin's third goal – and CSM's fourth – was assisted by Liza Martinez (SR/Omaha, Neb.).
"Elli obviously had a great game with a hat trick, but Justice Ross (SR/Gretna, Neb.) and Liza Martinez really stepped up their games tonight – it showed and led the way for the whole team," McCrary said. "It's awesome seeing players like Sara Betzelberger and Astrid Maeda stepping up in their first starts and contributing to the game."
The Flames return to action Tuesday with a 4 p.m. home contest against Briar Cliff University.