WELLSVILLE — Wayland-Cohocton senior Maggie McAllister has netted a few hat tricks in her five-year varsity soccer career.
Probably none as quickly as Wednesday night, though.
McAllister scored three times in a five-minute span, powering the visiting Eagles to a 6-0 win over the Lady Lions on the turf in Wellsville.
“She was definitely on her game,” said Way-Co coach Eileen Feinman. “She’s a five-year starter who has been playing on varsity since eighth grade. She has a lot of experience. She’s disciplined and she controls the ball very well.”
McAllister was actually scoreless the first 10 minutes of the game. The drought didn't last much longer than that.
She broke through for her first with 29:58 left in the first half, then struck again at 25:23 and 25:04. Ayslinn Holbrook assisted on two of the scores, while Jordyn Quackenbush had the other.
Holbrook tacked on another goal with 6:02 left in the half for a 4-0 lead at the break.
“We were trying to mark up McAllister, Holbrook and (Mackenzie) Johnson, who doesn’t score as many goals but she gets everything going,” said Wellsville coach Erica Aftuck. “It’s tough,
Way-Co’s good, very good. They play that beautiful passing game. The first half was a hot mess back there on defense, but the second half was much better. We had a couple offensive opportunities in the second half.
“Way-Co plays a much faster pace than we saw from Cuba the other night. It took us the first 40 minutes to adjust to that. We need to play teams like this, though. When we go to sectionals, that’s how it’s going to be.”
Holbrook later scored again with 14:20 left in regulation. The sophomore very nearly notched a hat trick of her own, missing a rip to the top shelf by a few inches with 12 minutes to play. The Eagles weren’t done applying pressure there, as Madison Gregorius scored with 9:38 left off a direct kick.
A rainstorm passed through the field shortly before game-time, adding some slickness to the turf early on.
“Rain is a great equalizer. I firmly believe any team can be beaten on any given day,” Feinman said. “It was important to score early and often. Our girls played very well today — great passing, great vision, they had their heads up and they were passing to space. The communication was fantastic. They really did a good job today.”
Hannah James made four saves in the shutout as the Eagles got over the .500 mark, improving to 5-4. Way-Co has an LCAA DI league showdown next up on the schedule Friday, hosting Hornell at 5 p.m. Hornell won the first matchup 4-1.
“They’re a good team,” Feinman said. “They’re very well coached, they’re disciplined. If we play like we did today it will be a good game.”
Regan Marsh had 10 saves for the Lady Lions. Wellsville (2-10) is off until Tuesday, traveling to Fillmore for a 7 p.m. start. Fillmore defeated Wellsville in a close 2-0 game earlier this year, with the second goal scored on a PK with just seconds left in regulation.
“We’re very excited about Tuesday night,” Aftuck said. “We have some time to rest, and we have all our players. We had a lot of injuries when we played them before. It should be cooler weather with a night game. We don’t do well in the heat. Seeing a team like Way-Co can only help us. Everybody plays offense for them. We have some time to work on some things defensively for Fillmore, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”