Mallory Koula recorded a natural hat trick to lead the Lawrence University women’s soccer team to a 5-3 Midwest Conference victory over Knox College on Saturday at Whiting Field West.
Koula scored three times in the first half to help stake Lawrence to a 4-1 lead at the break. Koula, a senior forward, now has 16 goals on the season.
Lawrence got on the board in the sixth minute when Jennifer Angeli settled a cross that got past Knox goalkeeper Emily Turner and put it in the back of the net.
Koula then got her first goal at the 23:56 mark off passes from Angeli and Natalie Wolf. After a quick goal from Knox, Koula countered with two goals in a span of less than three minutes late in the first half.
Koula scored at the 40:08 mark and then scored again at 42:39 after a short goal kick to give Lawrence a commanding lead at the break.
Sarah Tiano scored her first collegiate goal just 37 seconds into the second half to give Lawrence a 5-1 lead. The Prairie Fire added a pair of late goals to narrow the margin.
Cassie Burke made only one save in 75-plus minutes 0f action to earn the win for Lawrence.