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@CentreFH Opens 2016 Campaign with 7-1 Rout of Kenyon

@CentreFH Opens 2016 Campaign with 7-1 Rout of Kenyon

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (CentreColonels.com) – Junior midfielder Brooklyn Bell (Louisville, Ky.) netted a hat trick to help the Centre field hockey team to a 7-1 victory over Kenyon in the 2016 season opener on Saturday at Wittenberg.

Coming into Saturday, Bell had never found the back of the net during her first two years with the Colonels. She scored twice in the first half to give Centre a 2-0 half time advantage. Senior defender Kathryn Hardesty (Louisville, Ky.) assisted on the first score for the Colonels.

Centre would score four straight goals to start the second half and push its advantage to 6-0. Senior forward Kelsey Gordon (Louisville, Ky.) got it started with a goal in the 40th minute, before Bell scored her third goal of the day just over two minutes later.

Junior forward Hayley Barker (Louisville, Ky.) then scored two consecutive goals both on assists by senior midfielder Megan Flocken (Dexter, Mich.).

The Ladies broke the shut out in the 56th minute of action when Weezie Foster found the back of the net, but the Colonels answered with a goal by sophomore midfielder Peyton Baer (Asheville, N.C.) to extend their lead to 7-1.  

Senior goalkeeper Kirby Roberts (Louisville, Ky.) recorded four saves in the cage for Centre.

The Colonels held advantages of 13-6 in shots and 9-4 in penalty corners.

Bell paced Centre with four shots, all coming on goal. The Colonels defensive unit limited the Ladies to just six shots on the day.

Kenyon finished with a 17-3 record last season, including a 13-1 ledger in North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) play. The Ladies moved to 1-1 with the loss on Saturday.

Centre returns to action tomorrow against Wooster at noon in Springfield, Ohio.