By Mackenzie Byrne http://kenzieebyrnesoccerviews.blogspot.com/
Loughborough Foxes Women blew Steel City Wanderers back to Sheffield this afternoon with a comfortable 9-0 victory at the Loughborough University Stadium.
Foxes started strongly, testing the visitors keeper twice in the first five minutes and early signs suggested she was going to be busy for most of the afternoon. Charlotte Cooper blasted her first effort into the top corner and the hosts didn’t look back.
Rebecca Knight poked home an inviting cross from Laura Steele and Cooper made it three after fourteen minutes, with both attackers linked up well inside the 18-yard box. Olivia Bramley added her name to the scoresheet as she rose above everyone to nod home with an excellent bullet header. Curtains after 20 minutes.
The show continued though & Loughborough showed no signs of slacking off. Laura Dexter scored what could be considered as one of the goals of the season as she spotted the keeper off her line & executed an inch perfect lob from at least 30-yards. Tiana, the engine, Hicks got in on the action by rolling her effort into the bottom corner following a lovely through pass from Chloe Young. Bramley completed the rout of the first half by replicating her first, with another delightful header, putting the hosts 7-Up at the break.
Cooper scored her second hat trick in as many weeks after pouncing on a mix up between the visitors keeper and defender, and rolling home her eighteenth goal of the season. Cooper’s on fire, your defence is terrified!! ðŸ”¥
Steel’s keeper kept Foxes at bay in the second half, with a stand out save after preventing her covering centre half from putting the ball past her with a fantastic point blank save. Substitute Eva Rogers was keen to get in on the action & nearly added a ninth, but the angle was tight after rounding the keeper & her effort trickled agonisingly past the far post.
Knight rounded off a great afternoon by slotting her second past the goalkeeper with just over ten minutes remaining. Hats off to Harriet Simes who showed some blistering pace as she ghosted past Steel’s right back to deliver a pin-point cross into Knight’s path. Jodie Bartle could have made it double figures at the end, but was denied by another excellent save from the keeper, who tipped one effort onto the post, and the second was cleared from the line.
A thoroughly professional afternoon from the hosts sees them keep a fifth consecutive clean sheet in the league and adding what could prove to be some valuable goals to their goal difference. The women travel to Rotherham United Ladies next Sunday where they’ll be looking to extend their clean sheet record to six on the bounce.