No. 9 Limestone's 6-0 gives the Saints a program-best 13 wins on the year
GAFFNEY, S.C. -- With nine seniors playing their final game at home, and the entire team playing its final game at Timken Field, No. 9 Limestone (13-5, 9-0 ISA) drilled Mansfield (5-13, 1-9 PSAC) 6-0 on Sunday.
The Saints will move to the soon-to-be newly turf-surfaced Saints Field for their home venue beginning with the 2014 season. With Sunday's victory, the club has equaled last season's program record 13 wins.
After playing to a scoreless tie through the first 11 minutes, Limestone found its offense as junior attack Rachel Goromonzi collected a rebound off the left side of the goal and then rifled one top shelf to the right corner for a 1-0 lead at the 11:10 mark.
A little more than eight minutes later, the Saints would strike again as junior midfielder Casey Werkheiser found sophomore midfielder Nicolle Grant on the left of the goal, where she promptly drove it home for a 2-0 lead. Despite offensive opportunities by both clubs, they would head into the half with that two goal margin.
The second half would begin much like the first as the teams were scoreless through nearly the first 20 minutes. That would change in a hurry as Werkheiser converted a pass from sophomore attack Jill Funkhouser at the 54:58 mark to make it 3-0.
That would wrench open the flood gates as Goromonzi, a first-team All-American last season, drilled back-to-back scores at 58:20 and 60:09 to push to a 5-0 lead. That gave her 22 goals on the season and a 46 points.
Senior attack Kayla Marrie, who assisted on the first of those consecutive scores, picked up one of her own at 65:34, taking advantage of a pass from senior attack Kelsey Barr and rounding the scoring at 6-0.
Goromonzi stole the show as she notched her fourth career hat trick, equaling the second-most single-game goals in program history, while Marrie and Werkheiser each had a goal and an assist. Grant had the only other score while Barr chipped in with an assist.
Playing in her final home game, senior goal keeper Lindsay Hinton delivered her 13th career shutout and stopped eight shots to move to 13-5 on the season. It was also her second consecutive shutout.
Mansfield was led by Taryn Schawillie who had seven shots, four of which were on goal, while Lacey Croasdale was the only other Mountaineer with more than one shot, recording three. Laura Lawson started in goal and went the distance, allowing all six goals while making seven saves.