Fuchs hat trick leads Cougars to 12-0 win

Fuchs hat trick leads Cougars to 12-0 win

                GILLETTE, Wyo. – Bethany Fuchs scored a hat trick and the Western Nebraska Community College women's soccer team remained unbeaten on the young season with a 12-0 win over Dakota County Technical College Sunday in Gillette, Wyoming.

                It marks the best start for the WNCC women's soccer team since 2013 when that team also went 4-0 to start the season. The 12 goals scored in the game is the fourth most in school history. The top three marks of 18, 16, and 15 were all scored in 2003, the first year of the soccer program.

                Sunday was all WNCC as the Cougars scored six goals in each half for the easy win. WNCC outshot Dakota County 27-3 for their fourth win of the season.

                Fuchs had a big day. The sophomore from Aurora, Colorado, scored three goals on the day while her teammates Litzi Delarosa and Perla Guzman each added a pair of goals.

                It took less than a minute for WNCC to get the scoring started as Gering's Destiny Mueller scored off an assist from Ana Lopez.

                Fuchs scored the next two goals midway through the first half. Fuchs first blast came off an assist from Thais Nayara while Fuchs' second goal was assisted by Mueller.

                WNCC added three more goals in the final 10 minutes of the half. Guzman scored her two goals in the eighth and third minute, while Ashley Ruiz scored in the fourth minute for the 6-0 halftime lead.

                WNCC had six more goals in the second half. Delarosa scored first less than two minutes into the half for a 7-0 lead. Fuchs then hit the hat trick with her third goal 10 minutes into the half off an assist from Caroline Vieira.

                Delarosa notched her second of the match in the 32nd minutes.

                Gering's Brittney Spreier kicked in her first collegiate goal in the 25th minute off an assist from Lisa Haferkamp. Vieira made it 11-0 with 21 minutes to play before Jackie Valenciano finished off the scoring in the seventh minute off an assist from Vieira.

                Laramie Lake was in net for the Cougars in the first half and recorded two saves while Melody Kaup was in net in the second half and recorded one save.

                WNCC, 4-0, will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to face Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. The NJC women are 3-1 on the season falling to Northeast Community College in the season opener before recording three straight wins over Pratt, Garden City, and Hesston College.