Melanie Onstad is a defender for the Hustisford/Dodgeland prep girls soccer team — a senior with a strong leg who has a few assists on her resume but isn’t much of a goal scorer.
She was on Thursday, though.
“Tonight,” United coach Otto Hopfinger said, “she took care of business herself.”
Onstad recorded a hat trick and almost even added a fourth goal for good measure, leading Husty/Dodgeland to a 9-0 rout of Wayland in a Flyway Conference match at Hustisford High School.
She doesn’t get many opportunities to score by virtue of her position on the field, but because of her strong leg she’s the one Husty/Dodgeland calls on to attempt free kicks.
Onstad took advantage in this one.
Her first goal, in the 12th minute, was on a free kick from about 45 yards out and she nailed it into the upper right corner of the net, a shot that Hopfinger said was “perfectly placed and the keeper couldn’t do anything about it.
“It was such a strong shot from that distance — I was wondering if it was going to go over.”
Onstad’s second goal, in the 25th minute, came after she intercepted Wayland’s attempt to clear a corner kick and fired to the upper left of the net from about 35 yards out, and the hat trick came on a line drive shot from about 30 yards out in the 28th minute.
But she was far from alone in getting the job done for H/D (5-0, 2-0 Flyway) against the Big Red (0-3-2, 0-2-1), as six different girls combined to score the other goals.
“The conditions were really horrible but the team played really well,” Hopfinger said of the rain. “Our team came to play tonight, so it was good to see.”
Katrina Pokorny’s RBI double and Rachel White’s RBI single plated two first-inning runs for Waupun on Thursday evening at Jackson Kettle Moraine Lutheran, but that would be it for the Warriors for a while.
Fortunately for them, that wasn’t it altogether.
Kayla Rote singled to lead off the top of the eighth inning, went from first to third on Kylle Hraban’s one-out single to right, then scored on an error for what proved be the winning run as Pokorny got KML to go 1-2-3 in the bottom half for a 3-2 victory over the Chargers.
Waupun, which received honorable mention in Division 2 in the latest Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association/WisSports.net poll, is now 9-3 overall and 7-1 in East Central Conference play while KML drops to 7-3 and 4-3 in league play.
Rockets double up Bulldogs
Jora Hughes was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate and also went all seven innings to earn the win as Randolph won 15-7 over visiting Pardeeville on Thursday evening.