(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #16-ranked Dickinson women's soccer team used some outstanding passing and saw a hat-trick from first-year forward Meg Tate (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) to turn back visiting Penn State Harrisburg, 4-1, on Wednesday night at Miller Memorial Field.
The Red Devils created some strong opportunities right out of the gate and would capitalize just six minutes into the match off a strike from Tate, off a nice dish from Ally Diez (Rockville Center, N.Y./South Side)
Tate had another chance just moments later, sending a free kick just wide of the post.
She would net her second of the match, bursting past the Lion defense on a beautiful through ball from Kyra Thomas (Watertown, Conn./The Taft School) with just over 17 minutes on the clock.
Hollie Holthaus cut the deficit to one with a nice attempt from outside the penalty area, putting the shot just under the crossbar with seven minutes to play in the half.
The Red Devils added another insurance goal as Tate completed the hat-trick, finishing on another brilliant pass, this time sent from sophomore Jessica Kiefer (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle) in the 55th minute.
Dickinson controlled the run of play for the better part of the remainder of the half and would tally one more time on another strong build out of the defensive third.
Senior Caitlin Gugliotta (North Plainfield, N.J./North Plainfield) finished after another big save by Penn State goalkeeper Hannah Williams on a strike from Ellie Harris (Cabin John, Md./Walt Whitman) with just over 11 minutes to play. First-year Keira Shoup (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) threaded a beautiful pass to Harris to set the stage as well.
The Red Devils unloaded 27 shots on the night as Williams would finish with 14 saves in the Penn State nets.
Sophomore Emily Hull (Ashville, N.C./Wake Forest) made one save as the Red Devil defense was solid all night, holding the Lions to just four shots.
The Red Devils improve to 9-1-4 on the season. They are on the road this weekend, traveling to Bryn Mawr College for a 3:30 pm kick-off.