Buck's Hat Trick Leads Women's Soccer Over Kentucky Wesleyan

Samantha Buck (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)
Samantha Buck (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)

Written by Sports Information Intern Ralph Schudel

Owensboro, Kentucky – Ohio Dominican women's soccer bested the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers 4-1 on Thursday night. The win giving ODU its first conference victory of 2019 and advances their record to 3-3 (1-1) on this young campaign. 

The visiting Panthers outshot the hosts 26-13 to create several scoring opportunities.

Forward Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) needed just four minutes to find the scoresheet. Her shot off of a pass from forward Mari Silvestri (Solon, Ohio) from the top right of the box bent past goalkeeper Taylor Rentchler and into the back of the net.

Buck doubled the lead two minutes later converting a penalty kick from the spot to put ODU ahead 2-0 and bag a brace in the first seven minutes of the contest. The ODU forward continued to pester the opposing defense with a game high seven shots.

Coming out of the halftime break, the ODU needed just over 90 seconds to find the scoresheet once again, this time off a set-piece opportunity. A foul from Kentucky Wesleyan in the final third allowed Silvestri to setup for a free kick outside of the penalty area. Silvestri's out swinging ball found the head of midfielder Katlyn Jamiel (Wilmington, Ohio) who struck it past the goalkeeper and into the net to extend the lead to 3-0.

The hosts answered in the 55th minute as forward Sarah Haleman scored a goal to close the gap to 3-1.

Buck struck again just four minutes later letting go of a shot from roughly 25 yards out. It caromed off the top of the crossbar, behind the goal line, and out back into the field of play. The assistant referee made the call and the lead was extended to 4-1.

ODU's defense held firm to shut up shop and carry the Black & Gold to the victory. Freshman goalkeeper Cecilia Kuntz (Berlin, Germany) played all 90 minutes between the posts for ODU stopping five of six shots on her way to her third career win.

It's a quick turnaround for Panthers as they face Trevecca Nazarene in G-MAC competition on Saturday September 28th at 3:30 p.m.