It was a perfect Sunday in many ways for the Hamline University women's soccer team. Jordan Sammons struck for a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes of play and Molly Jacobs (pictured at right) remained unscored upon as the Pipers rolled to a 4-0 victory over Cornell in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
It marked the second straight season that Hamline has started 4-0 as they head into conference play. The MIAC opener is Wednesday, September 12 at Moorhead against Concordia.
Sammons wasted little time getting HU off the right foot. She took a corner kick from Kristen Berry and nailed a shot 3:41 into the game for her first tally of the season to give the Pipers a fast lead. The same pair worked their magic again at 14:56 to up the margin to 2-0. 10 minutes later, it was Aileen Scheibner, who converted an Aubrey Stenson pass for her third goal of the season to make it 3-0. Kelsey Carraciolo, who scored both goals in Saturday's win at Central, turned passer to Heather Hollinger, who potted her first of the season and it was 4-0 at 38:46. Hamline finished the half with 10 shots on goal.
The four goals in the first 45 minutes were just two less than the Pipers had scored in the first 270 minutes of the season.
In the second half, Jacobs recorded three saves to keep her perfect record intact. It is the first time in Hamline women's soccer history the Pipers have recorded four consecutive shutouts.
The Pipers stayed on offense, too but failed to score. For the game, Hamline held a 23-8 edge in shots.