McKernan Hands Out Three Assists As Eagles Blank PNW, 4-0

McKernan Hands Out Three Assists As Eagles Blank PNW, 4-0

The Ashland University women's soccer team raced to four second-half goals to beat host Purdue Northwest on Sunday (Oct. 1) afternoon, 4-0, in Hammond, Ind. 

The Eagles (6-3-1, 3-0 GLIAC) have now won four straight games and remain undefeated in conference play. 

The Eagles overcame some offensive frustration in the first half when they took 10 shots, but just two on goal, as they dominated possession from start to finish against Purdue Northwest (0-8, 0-3 GLIAC), a conference newcomer. 

Ashland finally cracked the scoreboard in the 60th minute when senior Morgan Bittengle scored her fifth goal of the season off a pass by senior Kelsey McKernan. It was Bittengle's 40th career goal. 

Once the first goal came, the floodgates opened. 

Senior Carson Janssen was the next player to score with McKernan getting the assist in the 65th minute. It was Janssen's first goal of the season. 

Just three minutes later, sophomore Korinna Lakes found the back of the net for the third time of the year to give Ashland a 3-0 lead. McKernan was credited with her third assist of the game and her sixth of the season. The three assists ties a school record, last set by Bittengle on Nov. 6, 2016. She ranks fifth on AU's all-time assists list with 24. 

Sophomore Juliana Markovic capped the scoring in the 83rd minute with her first goal of the season. 

Freshman goalkeeper Abby Lampe and senior goalkeeper Courtney Barker combined for the shutout with Lampe making one save in the game.

The Eagles will return to Ferguson Field on Friday (Oct. 6) to play No. 5 Grand Valley State. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.