PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Shawnee State women’s soccer team found the back of the net early and often on Tuesday evening as Schuyler Jones and Kyla Toles combined to score seven goals while Jenny Campbell tied both match and season records for assists in a 9-1 rout of Cincinnati-Clermont at the Shawnee Turf.
The nonconference bout would represent an offensive masterpiece for Shawnee State (7-5-1) as the Bears’ offensive attack struck early and often by putting up a season-high 34 shots, with 19 of those 34 coming on goal.
Of the nine goals that Shawnee State scored on the day, eight were of the assisted variety as many different individuals got their chance at grabbing a goal. Overall, 10 of the 15 players on the Bears’ roster had at least one shot attempt on the evening.
“It was really great to see our offense performing at such a high level,” Shawnee State head coach Rob Appell said. “Schuyler and Kyla both obtained hat tricks and had career days, and Jenny tied school records for assists in a match and assists in a season.”
From the outset, the Shawnee State offense had no trouble converting early opportunities into points as on the very first shot of the game, Jones took a pass from Woodard all the way from the far side of the field and redirected the sophomore’s pass with a header that beat Megan Louk to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage with just a minute and 19 seconds gone in the contest.
The Bears would only need to attempt four more shots to grab two more goals over the following 17 minutes as Woodard launched another cross from the far side of the field in front to Toles, who found the net with a smooth tap to give Shawnee State a 2-0 edge.
Just two minutes later, Campbell would showcase her own special abilities.
With the sophomore dancing around nearly 10 yards behind the midfield stripe, the Chillicothe, Ohio native would dart through the middle of the field – and past at least five Cincinnati-Clermont (1-8) defenders in the process – to find open space, finishing in the lower left corner of the goal to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage.
Shawnee State was far from done, however. From the 31st minute of the contest to the 42 minute mark, the Bears would add three more goals to put the game well out of reach.
At the 31:13 mark, Campbell would dribble the ball up the middle of the field once more, launching a shot that just glanced off of the crossbar. However, a waiting Toles was there to clean up the mess as Shawnee State continued to build on its lead.
Not to be outdone, Jones would respond to the underclassmen’s flurry of goals by adding two more within a four minute span.
With 6:27 left to play in the first half, the senior would take another cross from the far side of the field – this time via Heather Hencye – and would convert the pass within six yards of the net to give the Bears a five-goal lead.
Then with 42:15 gone, Campbell would launch a cross that looked to be disrupted by Louk in front. However, the ball glanced off of Louk’s hands and fell right at the feet of Jones, who would score on the open net to give Shawnee State a half-dozen goals in the first half en route to a 6-0 lead at the halftime break.
The Bears didn’t let up to start the second half, either. As with the first half, Jones scored on the very first shot of the second frame as the senior used another header to score her career-high fourth goal of the contest and push the Shawnee State advantage to a 7-0 tally.
Just under seven minutes later, Toles would score the first hat trick of her career off of yet another dime from Campbell in front to give the Bears an 8-0 lead at the 56:56 mark.
From then on, Shawnee State began to shift its offensive attack around, as Appell moved Tasha Wilson, Erin Phillips, and Mollie King from the back to the front in an effort to give the senior defenders a bit of glory.
With five minutes to go in the contest, Phillips and Wilson would connect as Phillips launched a pass to Wilson from the penalty box.
There, the Kettering, Ohio native would connect from 15 yards away to rack up her second goal of the season, with Phillips grabbing her third career assist in the process to give the Bears a 9-0 lead. Cincinnati-Clermont would grab its lone goal of the game at the 88:18 mark – an Alexis Armacast pass from Brittany Bryer – to paint the scoreboard.
“We had quite a few offside calls in the first half, but we made some adjustments in the second frame and only had one in the entire second half,” Appell said. “We also changed some things up and moved our senior defenders up to the front in order to get them some well-deserved scoring chances. It was good to see Tasha and Erin connect on one late. Mollie had a few chances, as well. It was a good performance by our squad.”
With her four-goal game, Jones becomes the third player in Shawnee State women’s soccer history to accumulate over 100 points for her career.
The senior – who has 44 goals and 14 assists in her four seasons with the Bears – is two points away from Kelley Bowles’ mark of 104, which sits second on the all-time points list. Her aforementioned total of 44 goals also sits just a dozen shy from Sarah Koehler’s program record of 56, which was set from 2004 to 2007.
Toles’ hat trick marks the second time in three games that the freshman has had a multiple-goal contest. The Williamsburg, Ohio native also had two goals in a win against Rio Grande last Wednesday.
For Campbell, her four-assist game officially gives the sophomore a share of two more program marks, as the midfielder tied the all-time program mark for assists in a match – along with Koehler and April Wolf – and in a season, with 13. Kelley Bowles (2010) is the only person to have matched the latter stat.
Those pair of accolades are just the latest for Campbell, who stands alone with the program record for game winning goals in a season (five) and is tied for the program lead in penalty kicks made and attempted, with two apiece.
The Shawnee State women’s soccer team will be back in action in eight days as the Bears will take on Lindsey Wilson – the No. 1 team in the country – at 3 p.m. on the Shawnee Turf.