PLYMOUTH — Courtney Hersick finished with a Texas hat trick, the Plymouth offense poured on the pressure from the opening whistle to the closing buzzer, and the Lady Rockies snapped a three-game skid with a lopsided 9-0 win over visiting John Glenn Monday.
Hersick opened and closed the scoring while notching four goals at Monday’s contest, putting Plymouth on the board with an unassisted run in the second minute, and dribbling one in from in close with just a few seconds remaining to seal the Lady Rockies the victory at home at Kindt Field.
“Hersick has excellent possession,” said Plymouth girls soccer coach Chuck DeWitt. “If you watch her she’s deceptively fast but more importantly she’s very quick, and she can cut the ball back, make a turn, keep it under control and still get her shot off, which makes her very deadly.”
The Falcons had no answer for the junior wing or for the rest of the Plymouth side, for that matter.
Not content with a 3-0 halftime lead, the Rockies wasted little time widening the gap in the second half.
Hersick scored her second goal on an Allie Wright pass in the 51st minute, keying an outburst of five goals in less than seven minutes — including a pair of scores in the 56th minute — as Kara Morwood scored twice in the 56th and 57th minutes, Hersick tallied her third goal in the 56th minute, and Nicole Burdine’s strike in the 58th minute put the game firmly out of reach at 8-0.
“What made the difference is we just relaxed coming in. We had time for preparation. We knew where we needed to be, where we could be. We talked about better positioning and how to make the runs,” said DeWitt.
“Just by making better runs, putting the pressure on and trying to play more give-and-go rather than just coming straight on. I think the give-and-gos showed tonight; we were able to make the combination and put the ball in the net,” he added.
Plymouth controlled possession pretty much from wire to wire, registering 16 shots on goal to just two by the Glenn offense. Becca Houser made two saves in goal to earn the shutout for the Rockies.
“We trapped poorly, and we passed poorly,” said Glenn coach Dan Drotar. “That’s the reason they beat us so badly. We didn’t care about trapping, and we didn’t care about passing. That was pretty much the game.”
While Glenn slips to 2-6-1, Plymouth improves to a 5-3 mark while snapping a three-game Northern Lakes Conference skid that included a 4-3 heartbreaker against Warsaw as well as two tough losses to NLC powers Goshen and state-ranked Northridge.
It is a confidence thing; our confidence is a little bit low,” DeWitt said. “We had to talk a lot about keeping our confidence up and keeping our confidence in each other. We have a great bunch of girls. They are very supportive of each other and they work very hard at helping one another on and off the field.”
Glenn returns to Northern State Conference play Wednesday versus Culver Community, while Plymouth takes on another NSC team in a non-conference match-up with LaVille at home tonight.
• PLYMOUTH 9, JOHN GLENN 0
Courtney Hersick, 2nd minute
Makaela Mahler, 10th minute
Beca Lee (Mahler), 40th minute
Hersick (Allie Wright), 51st minute
Kara Morwood (Samantha Berg), 56th minute
Hersick, 56th minute
Morwood, 57th minute
Nicole Burdine, 58th minute
Hersick, 80th minute
Shots on goal: Plymouth 16, Glenn 2
Saves: Plymouth 2 (Becca Houser), Glenn 7
Records: Plymouth 5-3-0, Glenn 2-6-1