O'Reilly's Hat Trick Powers Blowout as CNU Cruises Past Mt. St. Joseph, 7-0
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Powered by the first career hat trick from junior forward Emma O'Reilly, the Christopher Newport University offense exploded for seven goals and cruised to their second win of the year, 7-0 over Mount St. Joseph (0-3). The Captains (2-2) scored five first-half goals and outshot the Lions 40-4 in the contest.
O'Reilly kicked off the scoring early, notching the eventual gamewinner in the 6th minute of action. The ball bounced right to her feet deep in the box when a defender misplayed a header backwards and O'Reilly converted the open chance with a hard shot to the back of the net.
She followed that up with a second goal on a pretty play converted by the Captains on an in-bounds play. Junior Carly Utterback threw the ball in beyond the defense toward the goal line, where senior leading scorer Dani Gunderson got to it first and sent a perfect pass across the goal mouth. O'Reilly was home for the one-timer and her second goal of the game.
CNU scored three more times in the first half to take a 5-0 lead. Sarah Perrett, Chelsea Wolfe and Erin O'Shaughnessy each netted their first goal of the season to give the Captains a big first half lead. Senior Annemarie Weaver slipped a perfect pass through the defense for Perrett's goal and newcomer Bupe Okeowo added an assist on O'Shaughnessy's tally.
The Captains kept coming in the second half, adding two more goals in the stanza. O'Reilly converted her first career hat trick on a penalty kick in the 54th minute. Then, in the 76th minute, Gunderson added her second assist of the day and Okeowo collected her first career goal for the Captains.
CNU outshot Mount St. Joseph 40-4 in the game, including a 20-2 advantage in shots on-goal. Madison Freeman played the second half in goal for the Lions, stopping eight shots and allowing two goals. CNU also split the two halves between goalkeepers as Elena Currence and Meghan Gumbs each made one save to preserve the clean sheet.
O'Reilly's three goals came on six shots, five on-frame, as she led the offensive onslaught. Fifteen different Captains registered at least one shot and eight different players had at least one assist or one goal.
Christopher Newport will return to action to conclude the 2012 Captains Classic on Sunday at 3:00 pm. They will take on Stockton College (3-1), who fell 1-0 to Virginia Wesleyan in the opener today. Sunday's opening game is set between 16th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan and Mount St. Joseph at 1:00 pm.