Coming off a frustrating loss, Hinckley-Big Rock got a quick strike from Kim Weissinger and rolled on to a 4-0 road win Friday over Harvest Christian.
The setback spoiled the home opener for the Lions (2-1) as Weissinger, a defender, moved up for a 19-yard direct free kick and positioned it just right of Harvest Christian goalkeeper Sydney Doby to give Hinckley-Big Rock (3-2-1) a 1-0 lead just 1:08 into the first half.
“With the field so much smaller than what we’re used to, I saw an opportunity with them holding the line to either get it on frame or for us to get a deflection,” Weissinger said.
The visiting Royals kept the pressure on as Jacqueline Madden’s pass found Andrea Binkley in the open on the left side for a finish at 12:48 — the senior tri-captain’s fourth goal.
“Jacqueline’s pass was just right for me to get a foot on it, step around my defender and shoot for the bottom corner, which is the best area to aim for against a tall keeper,” Brinkley noted.
There was 11:13 remaining before halftime when Meghan Menzel set up Hannah Mueller for an eight-yard shot from the right side.
“Coming off our last match we really wanted to play with better energy and work on our passing, buidling forward on attack,” said H-BR assistant Robert Withington, subbing for coach Paul Taeuber who sat out following a red card in a 3-1 loss at rival Indian Creek.
“Hannah did a lot of the little things we need, getting in the right position, possessing the ball. Anne Klein gave us a solid effort as well and our defense did post a shutout.”
The Royals added to their cushion with 25:06 left in the second half when Lauren Paver scored on a penalty kick for her sixth goal of the season.
Harvest Christian lacked the final connecting pass or was denied by H-BR throughout the majority of the game but found a spark in the 63rd minute when Ellie Burzlaff’s direct kick required a save from Royal goalkeeper Jordan Bullard.
Morgan Lockwood had a stellar cross shortly after that, but Burzlaff wasn’t able to finish the play.
“Morgan works tirelessly and Alex Rayappa as center back are the spine for us,” Harvest Christian coach Jason Acres said. “Man for man they have more talent and depth than we do, but we fought them and I love our heart and the way we battled. Allyah Ellis gave us another solid effort.”