Girls Varsity Soccer · Crowder’s hat trick fuels girls soccer victory

Senior Victoria Crowder had a hat trick and an assist Monday to lead the New Palestine girls soccer team to a 6-0 victory over Shelbyville in the regular season finale.

The Dragons finish the season with an 11-4 mark, including 5-2 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. NP finishes in a three-way tie for second in the league.

Crowder scored her first goal two minutes into the game. She added two more in the second half to net the hat trick.

Haley Harrison followed Crowder’s first goal with a hard shot from outside the penalty area, which the Shelbyville goalkeeper couldn’t handle, to make it 2-0 going into halftime.

Maddy Miller made it 3-0 when Crowder blew through the outside midfield and defender on the right side and laid the ball across the middle of the area for Miller to redirect it into the net with one touch.

Crowder added her second goal on a free kick that rainbowed over the goalkeeper and into the net. Moriah Corey added a goal when she took a shot from just outside the 18-yard stripe the Bears’ keeper wasn’t expecting. Crowder finished the hat trick in the final minute, using her speed and dribbling skills to get through the Shelbyville defense and score.

“It’s fitting that she scored in the first two minutes of the game and in the last minute of the game. She had a spectacular night,” NP coach Gina Fannin said.

Haley Weinrich played keeper first half with three saves. Riley Moss made one save during the second half as Lydia Waters and the other defenders kept Shelbyville out of the Dragons’ defensive half.

The Dragons now set their sights on defending their sectional title. They will face Connersville Oct. 2 at Rushville in the opening round.

Victoria Crowder tallied a hat trick for the Dragons in the regular season finale.