Tolu's hat trick leads Lawrence past Sabercats

Lawrence women's soccer action Samantha Tolu
Samantha Tolu had a natural hat trick in Lawrence's 5-0 victory over Maranatha Baptist.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Samantha Tolu had a natural hat trick in the first half Tuesday, and the Lawrence University women's soccer team rolled to a 5-0 nonconference win over Maranatha Baptist University on Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.

Tolu, a rookie forward, got her second hat trick of the season and needed just 37 minutes to do it. Jackie Blake then scored twice for the Vikings in the second half.

Tolu opened the scoring at the 4:40 mark when she took Kelli Quick's ball over the top and beat goalkeeper Trisha Wright for a 1-0 lead.

The scored stayed that way until Tolu struck twice in a span of 26 seconds. Tolu scored at 36:29 when her one-timer off a cross from Blake found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. Tolu then took the ball from a Maranatha defender and scored again at 36:55 for a 3-0 lead.

The score stayed that way until Blake scored twice in just 12 seconds early in the second half.

Blake took a through ball from Quinn Bingham and deposited it in the back of the net at the 47:27 mark. Blake put an exclamation point on the scoring when she hit a rocket from 30 yards out at the 47:39 mark to complete the scoring.

Sydney Dumke and Katlyn Seiffert each played a half for the Vikings to share the shutout. Wright finished with eight saves for the Sabercats. Lawrence had a 20-2 edge in shots for the match.

Lawrence improved to 8-4-0 with the win, and Maranatha fell to 4-4-0.