Rochester, Pa. - Following a two week layover, the Lady Lions Soccer squad was back in action, this time on the road facing future Penn State University Athletic Conference rival Penn State Beaver. It was a day of firsts for the Lady Lions, as sophomore Katie Oldziejewskie (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)knocked in the very first goal in program history during the 23rd minute of action simultaneously giving Hazleton its first lead of the season, one they would expand and hang on to as the Lady Lions notched win number one by the final score of 4-1.
The Lady Lions reeled off 23 first half shots to just seven for Beaver, but it Oldziejewskie's leg that found the back of the net for the only score of the half. The sophomore dribble past Beaver defenders, unleashing a shot to the bottom left corner of the goal, besting the keeper and giving Hazleton a lead before the midway point.
Hazleton built on their halftime advantage with a flurry of scores in the early stages of the final period. Over a span of just over five minutes beginning at the 53rd minute mark, the Lions would add three scores to expand their lead to 4-0 that started with a goal off the foot of sophomore Olivia Whitmer (Lancaster, Pa.) who snuck in to score off a ball dummied by freshman Breann Fetterman ( Mountain Top, Pa.). Minutes later, Oldziejewskie was back at it again, this time collecting a rebound off the Beaver keeper and planting a shot in the goal for her second score of the game and the first multi-goal effort in history for the Lady Lions. In a blink of an eye, Whitmer matched that feat, as the Lady Lions were back on the offense following the ensuing kickoff. Hazleton earned a corner kick and once again Fetterman as well freshman Madison Polumbo (Hazleton, Pa.) intentionally allowed the ball to slip past, drawing away defenders and giving Whitmer a clean shot on goal. Whitmer knocked in the shot to increase the spread to four and sure up the victory. Beaver's Lauren Banks would break up the shut-out in the 76th minute but Hazleton's lead proved too much to overcome.
Hazleton continues its western road trip on Sunday when they travel to Westmoreland Community College for a 12:00 p.m. contest.