Redlands 15 – 1 Albion
The Lady Bulldogs were host to Albion College on March 8th for their first non-conference opponent after going 2-3 in their first 5 league games. The Bulldogs showed depth but not mercy with 8 players scoring in a lopsided 15-1 win over the Britons.
The scoring started early for the Bulldogs, with senior midfielder Stephanie Garrett drawing first blood just three minutes into the game for Redlands. The next two goals for Redlands came within the next five minutes, and were both flicked in by freshman midfielder Hannah Morford. Within the first ten minutes of the match, the Bulldogs had gained complete control of the game. They continued to dominate, controlling possession for the majority of the half.
The Bulldogs took awhile to notch their fourth goal of the game, going 8 minutes without scoring until junior midfielder Breanne Rideout drove it home for them. The Bulldogs then continued to capitalize on Albion’s defensive holes and scored four more goals, courtesy of three different players, to take a commanding 8-0 lead into the half.
Unfortunately for Albion College, the Lady Bulldogs didn’t let up much in the second half. They scored two goals in the first ten minutes, one by sophomore attacker Lyndsey Ballantine and the next by sophomore midfielder Lacey Bjorndal. Bjorndal scored again 6 minutes later to increase the lead to 11-0.
After another goal by Garrett to make the score 12-0, her second of the day, the Britons were somewhat able to reduce the deficit. Albion was able to score a goal coming from the stick of Alex Radzville to cut the lead to eleven. An earlier goal by the Britons had been called back after the referee determined the stick was illegal.
The Bulldogs made sure that that was where the comeback ended, scoring another goal within a minute of Albion’s to put the lead back at twelve. Bjorndal and freshman attacker Summer Stafford each put a goal away to finalize the scoring for the Bulldogs, and when the final whistle blew, Redlands was victorious with an easy 15-1 win. Bjorndal was the leading scorer on a team that scored plenty, netting five goals. The defense was not to be discredited, only allowing 11 shots and five shots on target, all but one saved by the Bulldogs’ tandem of goalies, sophomore Quinn Egan and senior Izzy Baez.
After the big win, the Bulldogs look ahead to Sunday, where they will take on another non-conference opponent in their ALS Awareness Game against Colorado College.