Admittedly, the recent past has been pretty excellent for Western Albemarle girls soccer, but the future is also bright for the reigning Class 3 state champions.
The Warriors handily defeated Monticello 6-0 in the season opener on Monday night, with five of Western’s six goals coming from freshmen.
Freshman Reese Mattern recorded a hat trick, with each of her three goals coming in the first half. The Warriors struck first just 90 seconds into the match, when Mattern got loose on a run up the left side and crossed the ball into the middle, ricocheting off of a Monticello defender and into the back of the net to put Western up 1-0.
Just six minutes later, the Warriors scored again on a left-footed strike from Gabriella Andres from the edge of the box.
Mattern scored again at the 25 minute mark of the first half on a high-arcing shot from outside the box which hit the right post and bounced in to make it 3-0.
Mattern completed her hat trick with just over seven minutes to play in the half off of a great through pass from Margaret Inge which Mattern sent past the Monticello goalkeeper.
Monticello struggled to control the ball past midfield and generated only a few quality shots on goal. The few times the Mustangs managed to shoot on net were saved easily by another stellar Western Albemarle freshman, Elana Romesburg.
“We’re very impressed with our underclassmen and looking forward to what they have in store for the rest of the season,” said junior Ellie Cox.
In the second half, Western continued to smother Monticello defensively and got two more goals from freshmen Phebe Ryan and Kayla Howell.
Up next, Monticello travels to play Albemarle on Thursday, while Western Albemarle plays at Fluvanna County next Monday.