Short of claiming a conference title or beyond, it is hard to imagine a team having a better day than September 20 was for the Hamline women's soccer team. All that happened was:
- The team earned its first national ranking ever. The Pipers were listed as ninth in the NSCAA North Region for NCAA Division III teams. HU had company from their compatriots. Four other MIAC schools also drew Top Ten mention. HU already has a tie against Concordia, which is ranked second behind Wartburg.
- Senior Defender/Midfielder Courtney McMoore (Minneapolis, MN) was honored by the MIAC as its Player Of The Week. McMoore was a stalwart on defense in the scoreless tie against the Cobbers. Last Saturday at Bethel, she stepped up and scored a goal with nine minutes remaining that tied the game at 1. 20 seconds later, HU converted a penalty kick for a 2-1 win. She has been a steadying force all year as Hamline has allowed just two goals in seven games for a goals-against mark of 0.28.
- McMoore's teammates scored early and often Tuesday in a 7-0 victory non-conference win over Crown at St. Bonifacius. Heather Hollinger (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) Natalie Cooper (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) scored once in each half. Aileen Scheibner (So., Woodbury, Minn.) chipped in with a goal and two assists. Kaylie Sowler (Fy., Snohomish, Wash.), Laura Troftgruben (Fy., New Richmond, Wis.) and also had goals as HU stormed the Crown net for a school record 50 shots ... 24 of which were on goal. 13 different players had at least one shot. GK Molly Jacobs (So., Portland, Ore.) made her first start of the season a memorable one with a shutout, the team's fifth of the season.
HU jumped to a 4-0 halftime lead and added three more goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half. As a result, head coach Ted Zingman's team stretched their school record unbeaten streak to seven games with a 6-0-1 record. The six wins is also one more than they garnered all of last season.
The Pipers return to conference play Friday night when they face the team directly ahead of them in the rankings -- Macalester -- Friday night on the Scots' field. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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