APSU Lady Govs soccer scored seven goals in their match for the first time since 2011, when they scored 14 goals in a single match. The Lady Govs got their second victory of the season against the Western Illinois University Fighting Leathernecks 7-1 in their home game on Thursday, Sept. 10 to improve their record to 2-4.

During the first half, APSU freshman McKenzie Dixon was the first to strike. Scoring the first goal of the game, 22 minutes in. Six minutes later, the Leathernecks were able to strike back with their only goal of the game, making it an even score of 1-1. With 13 minutes to go in the first half, Dixon struck again with a penalty kick to give APSU a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

The second half was full of Lady Govs shots into the Leathernecks’ goal. At the 54 minute of the match, junior Gina Fabbro scored her first goal of the game to make it a 3-1 score. Two minutes later, senior Taylor Van Wagner joined the scoring party giving APSU some more breathing room with a 4-1 score.

During the seventy-eighth minute of the match, Dixon scored her third and final goal, giving herself a hat trick and a 5-1 lead.  Almost five minutes later, Fabbro scored her second goal.

With twenty seconds left, freshman Jennifer Smith scored the final goal of the game assisted by sophomore Maggie Ethridge.

Sophomore Lindsey Todd was the winning goalie for the Lady Govs with three saves only allowing one goal. During the final 20 minutes, senior Nikki Filippone replaced Todd picking up a save.

“I definitely came into the game hungry to score and help make a difference to the team,” Dixon said. “It was really exciting to score and get a hat trick.” According to letsgopeay.com.

The Lady Govs will return to action this weekend for the rest of their home stand against Kennesaw State on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Alabama State on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m.