OLLU Women send 11 past Bacone

Brooke Cousins, scorer of five goals (Photo: OLLU Athletics)

An absolute bagful of goals to Brooke Cousins helped OLLU power past Bacone College for the biggest victory in school history on Sunday. OLLU managed a huge 11-0 win to keep their perfect start to the season going in emphatic fashion.

It took just three minutes for the Saints to open the scoring as Maryssa Garza was able to get the ball in the back of the net after some good build up play. After such a start the warning signs were there for Bacone, but they failed to really head them as OLLU just kept coming.

Ten minutes later Cousins had the first of her five goals of the night as she easily buried her chance. It didn’t take long for Cousins to seal her brace as she scored her second just two minutes later as she booted in the third of the night and her second.

The Bacone keeper, Alyssa Howard, finally started to get in to the match after that third goal from the Saints as she made three saves. That, coupled with some wayward finishing, kept OLLU off the scoreboard until the 40th minute with Cousins wrapped up her hat-trick with a well struck goal.

It took just two minutes of the second half for Cousins to score her fourth, goal of the match as she scored one minute and 19 seconds in to the half. That gave the Saints a five goal lead and saw Bacone really throw all players behind the ball in an effort to stop the bleeding, despite goal difference not being a factor in college soccer at all.

But the resistance did not hold out forever as Pauline Fields was able to score in the 64th minute for OLLU’s sixth. Ten minutes later Cousins returned to score her fifth, and final, goal of the night to push OLLU’s lead out to six. Scoring five goals in a match sees Cousins break a school record, as she is the first Saints player to score five goals in a match, and equals the shots on goal record with seven.

After some missed opportunities from Reyna Garcia, OLLU made it eight in the 81st minute from a goal through Maryssa Garcia. Things got even worse for Bacone three minutes later when Kallie Smith sent the ball past her own keeper in an attempt to clear to give OLLU their ninth.

With four minutes to play OLLU sent the match in to double figures through Grayson Manfredo scoring her first of the season. Just two minutes later the match finished 11-0 when Thirley Rodriguez scored the final goal of the rout.

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