Dutchgirls net ninth win on pitch

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

BELLE — Friday afternoon at the Kingsford Soccer Complex just outside of Belle, Jordan Palmer’s Owensville Dutchgirl soccer team looked to establish a new school record for wins in a season.

Tying the 2015 team that went 8-8-1 following their 5-1 victory in St. James last Thursday, Palmer’s Dutchgirls took on Belle’s Lady Tigers in a Good Friday showdown on the pitch going for their school-record ninth victory.

Scoring a mere 27 seconds into the match, Destinee Busenhart gave Owensville all the offense they would need before going on to a 10-0 mercy rule victory.

“We came out very aggressive and that translated into a quick early goal,” Palmer said. “Our defense was solid limiting Belle to a handful of shots on goal.”

Nearly 10 minutes later, Madison Steever went top shelf firing a shot past Belle goalie Faith Gieck giving the Dutchgirls a 2-0 lead with 30:54 left until halftime.

A minute later, Steever struck again with her second goal of the game for a 3-0 Owensville advantage with 29:55 for the first half.

At the 25:50 mark of the first half, Katelyn Landolt joined the goal-scoring parade on an assist from Anna Finley pushing the Dutchgirl lead to 4-0.

Nearing the 10:00 mark of the half, Finley became the third different Dutchgirl to find the back of the net giving OHS a 5-0 lead.

With Belle whistled for a foul just outside the penalty area, Busenhart deposited the direct kick into the back of the net for her second goal of the game. Owensville now led Belle 6-0 with 3:00 until halftime.

Almost 30 seconds later, Landolt deflected a ball in for her second goal capping the first-half scoring for the Dutchgirls leading 7-0 at halftime.

Nearly eight minutes into the second half, Busenhart completed a hat trick with her third goal of the game pushing Owensville’s lead to 8-0 with 32:52 left in the match.

Battling against the wind in the second half, Steever joined the hat trick club scoring her third goal of the game giving Owensville a 9-0 lead with just under 30:00 remaining in the match. 

With just over 26:00 left, Busenhart scored her fourth goal of the game giving the Dutchgirls a 10-0 mercy rule victory over the Lady Tigers.

Now the winningest team in the history of the Owensville Dutchgirl soccer program, Palmer’s squad will look to add to their record total of victories over the next three days during the inaugural Owensville Soccer Tournament at Dutchmen Field.

OHS will kick off their portion of the tournament tonight (Wednesday) hosting St. James’ Lady Tigers at 6:30 p.m., before playing again on Friday, April 26 also at 6:30 p.m., against Sullivan’s Lady Eagles.

Owensville will cap the tournament Saturday morning at 11 a.m., taking on Wright City’s Lady Wildcats.