By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, OH---Kendyl Christian scored just 14 seconds into the game as the Express women's soccer team routed Lorain County Community College 10-0 at home today.
Christian's goal broke Jessica Grindle's record for quickest goal to start a game. The previous mark was 46 seconds against Cincinnati State on Oct. 20, 2012.
Following Christian's goal, the Express added four more goals in the game's first 10 minutes. Jill Burkholder had back-to-back goals at the 2:46 and 4:26 marks, followed by Jessica Grindle (6:18) and Amber Burnette (9:01).
Kayla Lehmann scored her first collegiate goal by beating the keeper to the top left corner of the net at the 21:30 mark to put the Express up 6-0. Burnette then added another goal, at the 28:26 mark, before Grindle added her second at the 36:46 mark.
Haley Gasser assisted on Grindle's second goal, while the Express took an 8-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Haley Kreger produced the only two Express goals, with them coming at the 65:37 and 78:01 marks. On the second one, Groll crossed the ball from right to left before Kreger headed it. The initial shot was saved, but Kreger followed it up with another header for the goal.
Both of Kreger's goals were unassisted.
Erika Brinkman started in goal for the Express and played most of the first half before being replaced by Megan Soncrant, who played until the 85th minute. Kreger spent the last five minutes in goal. It was the second appearance in goal this year for Soncrant, while it was Kreger's first appearance.
Soncrant made the only save of the game, on the only shot on goal for Lorain County.
The Express are now 6-2 this year. They have now won four straight matches by a combined 31-2 margin.
The next action for the Express will be next weekend at home. On Saturday, they will take on Muskegon Community College at 3 p.m. before taking on Lake Michigan College at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Brinkman saw the first field action of her career in the second half. She had three shots, with two on goal.
The Express outshot Lorain County 47-1 overall, including a 28-1 margin in shots on goal.
Lorain County's Ashley Comstock made 18 saves in goal.
Grindle now has a team-high 12 goals this year, while Gasser pushed her team-high assist total to five. She is approaching 20 career goals, as she now has 18 goals and six assists in her career. She has already matched her assist total from last season. She is currently tied for 12th in the nation in goals at the NJCAA D-I level.
Burkholder scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season, while Burnette had her second and third goals of the season.
Christian now has four goals and two assists this year, while Kreger has three goals and one assist. Groll picked up her third assist today, while Ramirez picked up her second assist.