Sophomore Melissa Hetherington scored team playoff records of six goals and 13 points as the No. 7 Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team remained perfect in qualifying for the Region VI semifinals with a strange 11-5 victory over Cloud County in the opening round of the 2012 regional tournament at the USD 308 Athletic Complex.
This is the eighth year of soccer at HCC. This will be the eighth year that the Lady Dragons will play in the Region VI semifinals. Hutchinson (15-1) will meet Barton in the second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Hummer Sports Park in Topeka. Butler and Johnson County will meet in the first semifinal.
Postseason records, both positive and negative, fell on Monday.
+ Hetherington’s six goals and 13 points were both postseason single-game records for HCC. That performance also gave her career postseason records for points scored (22) and goals (10).
In addition to those records, Hetherington’s 13 points were the second most in a single game and her six goals tied for second most in a single game. Her nine points in the second half tied for fourth most in a single game. Her four goals in the second half tied for fourth most in a single game and it was her eighth career hat trick.
+ Freshman Danielle Sheehy had two goals and three assists. The three assists tied a single-game postseason record. Sheehy also broke HCC’s single-season season goals record. The NJCAA’s leading goal scorer now has 38 goals.
+ The eight team assists tied a team postseason record.
+ The five goals allowed were the most goals ever allowed in a postseason game and tied for the second-most goals ever scored against HCC. It’s the first time the Lady Dragons have allowed five goals in a game since Oct. 11, 2008, a span of 80 games.
+ Cloud County’s Beth Millican scored three goals, the most an opponent has scored in HCC postseason history. It was also the first hat trick allowed by Hutchinson since Oct. 19, 2007, a span of 100 games.
Hutchinson scored a pair of goals by Shelbi Otte and Jamie Smith in the first 5:48 to lead 2-0 and also things pointed toward another decisive Lady Dragon victory.
Initially playing all 11 behind the ball, Cloud County started to attack and find success. Brandi Jones scored in the 22nd minute to get the Thunderbirds (9-12) on the scoreboard. The Lady Dragons answered just seconds later when Sheehy broke single-season record with her 37th goal. Just two minutes later, Millican scored her first to cut the Hutch lead to 3-2.
Hetherington scored her first two goals late in the first half to give HCC a 5-2 halftime lead. Hetherington score two more and freshman Arielle Everett netted her second goal of the season to give HCC an 8-2 lead with 27 minutes to go.
Cloud County then scored three straight goals, two by Millican and one by Jones, within a seven-minute span to pull within 8-5 with 20 minutes to play.
Hutchinson re-assumed control of the game when Hetherington scored in the 77th minute, Sheehy scored in 83rd minute and Hetherington scored her sixth in the 84th minute.
The Lady Dragons out-shot Cloud County 25-17 and 15-9 in shots on goal. HCC was called for offsides 17 times.
GAME NOTES – The 11 goals were second most and the 30 team points were third most in HCC postseason history. … Sophomore goalkeeper Eunice Figueroa was credited with her fourth career postseason victory, which is tied for second in postseason history with Mandy Stapleton. … The five goals allowed were the most allowed in an HCC victory. … The 16 combined goals tied for the third most in team history. … HCC is 2-0 vs. Cloud County in postseason play and is 11-0 all time against the Thunderbirds. … Danielle Sheehy’s single-season rankings: Points, 97 (first), 38 goals (first), 21 assists (second). She is now ranked fourth in career points, tied for fourth in career goals and tied for second in career assists. Melissa Hetherington’s single-season rankings: 72 points (third), 26 goals (tied for third), 20 assists (third). She is first in career points with 158, first in career goals with 62 and second in career assists with 34.
(HCC Sports Information)