Bolt’s hat trick sparks Hawks past Bulldogs
FRONT ROYAL — Junior Katelyn Bolt celebrated the first hat trick of her career for the Skyline girls soccer team to lead a 4-0 trouncing of Luray in a non-district game at the Hawks’ soggy home stadium Wednesday evening.
With rain falling hard throughout the first half and then leveling off to a steady sprinkle in the second 20 minutes, Bolt connected on two goals in the first half then added another in the second half.
Bolt’s two goals were supported by a single score by teammate Gabby Huebner, another junior, on an evening when the Hawks evened their record at 4-4, while Luray dropped to 1-2.
“It was a good night for our offense and for Katelyn once we moved her to the left,” Skyline coach Kristy Beaune said.
“It made a difference,” Bolt said. “I saw things better from my left side.”
The Hawks took quality shots against Bulldogs goalkeeper Maggie Chu, with many of them coming close to creasing the net.
In all, the Northwestern District team hammered at the net 22 times, with an even distribution of 10 shots on goal in the first half and 12 in the second half.
Huebner took four of those in the first half and then attempted three more after halftime for a total of seven to lead on-goal shooters, as Bolt was 2-for-3 in the first 20 minutes and 1-for-2 after the intermission.
“It feels great,” Bolt said. “This is my first hat trick. I had only scored one before today.”
Bolt knocked home the first goal in the 12th minute of the first half, which happened to be the sixth goal attempt of the game by the Hawks. She ushered in goal two in the 18th minute, the 10th goal try of the half for her team.
Huebner’s goal came within the 30th minute of the first half to put the Hawks ahead 3-0.
Bolt’s third goal happened with 23:30 remaining in the match. It was the ninth goal chance of the second half for the Hawks, their 19th overall.
In the first half, the Hawks put together three scores in nearly 30 of the 40 first-half minutes.
Along with Bolt and Huebner kicking at the net, Hawks freshman Kali Slate tried four attempts, Taylor Ziemer racked up three tries.
“I thought our offense came together in this game. It seemed like they were playing together,” Beaune said.
“Offense, defense we seemed to be together tonight,” added Bolt.
The secret of the Hawks’ defense was their offense, as they sent four shots directly at Chu with two successes in the first half.
“I think we played strongly on both sides of the field. Maybe this will get us going for the rest of the season,” Beaune said.
Skyline was in big need for a win, having lost three of the last four. The trio of setbacks were at the hands of Northwestern District foes. It was the second victory of the season over Luray as the Hawks had already downed the Bulldogs, 2-1, on the road on March 23.