BUCKHANNON - It appears Coach Tom Hasbrouck has found his team again.
After a lackluster performance in a road loss to Morgantown earlier in the week, the veteran coach was looking for answers to his team's lack of intensity. But on Saturday, the engine refired and his B-U ladies rolled to convincing 12-0 victory over visiting Musselman.
"We played much better today," Hasbrouck said. "Our intensity was there and we moved the ball much better. It took us a while to get started, but once we scored a few goals it was over."
Brooklyn Waddell continued her strong early season play, connecting on the game's first goal just three minutes into the game off an assist from Hannah Stankus. But after the initial score, Musselman played tough for a brief span and the score held at 1-0 until the 17-minute mark. Once the drought was broken by the Lady Bucs, the flood gates opened.
Waddell scored again off an assist from Taylor Starkey, and the tally ignited a surge that saw the goals come in rapid-fire fashion. In all, eight goals found the net in a 19-minute span, sending the Applemen to halftime with a 9-0 deficit.
"We attacked the goal well and everyone was making better passes and moving without the ball," Hasbrouck said.
"Once we moved Haley Ware to stopper, we started to control the middle of the field and the attack was on."
In the fireworks that was the latter part of the first half, three goals were tallied off the foot of Emily Godwin, and single goals from Stankus, Starkey, Lindsey Beets, and Lexi Greene. Assists were provided by Ware, Waddell, Megan Williams, Lauren Cvechko, and Jessica Feronti.
In the second half, three more goals were added - Waddell's third goal, Starkey's second and a score from Feronti. Waddell and Godwin received assists from a combo on the Starkey goal, while a Maddie Lough-Cvechko combination assisted the Feronti goal.
"Our confidence was much better today," Hasbrouck concluded.
B-U raises its overall record to 2-1 on the season.
The Lady Bucs again play at home on Wednesday evening, beginning their Big 10 Conference docket against Robert C. Byrd.
They travel to the Kanawha Valley on Saturday to face George Washington in a key non-conference game.