Pecherski soars past Eagles in 3-0 victory

Senior defender Ashleigh Pecherski scored all three goals in the College’s 3-0 victory over Eastern University.

The starter earned her second hat trick of her career and her fourth goal of the season in Thursday’s game.

“I was able to get the ball in the cage,” Pecherski said, “but it was my teammates who were able to get me the ball in the perfect spot to allow me to do that.”

Three minutes into the contest, junior defender Jackie Gelinas worked her way up the field, dodging two Eagles defenders to cross the ball to Pecherski in front of the cage.

Eastern’s junior goalkeeper Kelly Garland was unable to stop Pecherski’s shot into the corner of the cage.

However, Garland did not go down without a fight. A penalty stroke was called against the Eagles after a defender blocked the ball from going into the cage with her body from behind the goalkeeper.

Pecherski once again had a chance to score on the penalty but the shot was blocked.

The Lions held a 1-0 advantage going into the second half.

With crowd members hopping to their feet in excitement, Pecherski netted her final two goals during the second half within a two-minute period.

The Eagles were unable to get their offense moving during the remaining 10 minutes of the game.

Thursday’s victory puts the Lions’ record at 3-0 while the previously undefeated Eagles are left with a 2-1 record.

Lions junior goalkeeper Caitlin Gregory recorded her third win and second shutout for the team.

“It is such an amazing feeling to walk off the field winning and feeling that we accomplished something together,” Pecherski said. “We have such a talented, hardworking team and I am just excited to see what happens in the future.”

The future success of the Lions will be tested as they travel to Ursinus College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.