Dutchgirls notch first win over Sullivan on pitch

Will Johnson

Going into their Four Rivers Conference (FRC) showdown on the road against Sullivan’s Lady Eagles Monday night, Jordan Palmer’s Owensville Dutchgirls had yet to post a victory against their FRC foes in four previous tries.

Scoring twice in the first 15 minutes of the match, OHS had all the offense they needed en route to a 4-1 victory over the host Lady Eagles at Sullivan High School.

“It was a great game for us to win,” Palmer said. “The girls played exceptionally well against an opponent that had our number for four years.”

Fresh off a nine-goal game at Fulton over the weekend on Saturday, Destinee Busenhart kept her scoring streak going breaking the scoreless tie with 28:00 left in the first half assisted by Katelyn Landolt.

Three minutes later, Busenhart struck again with another goal. This time she was assisted by senior Denise Clark.

Near the six-minute mark of the half, the Dutchgirl sophomore completed her fourth hat trick of the season scoring her third goal on an assist by Renee Elliott.

Entering the second half with a 3-0 lead on Sullivan, Luci Angell’s bid for a shutout was spoiled by a Mackenzie Martin goal with nearly 28 minutes left in the match.

Moments later, Elliott found the back of the net giving the Dutchgirls their final margin of victory.

Two days earlier, Owensville trekked into Callaway County to face Fulton’s Lady Hornets for a Saturday afternoon soccer showdown.

Scoring another hat trick 10 minutes into the match, Busenhart went on to become the first girl’s soccer player in MSHSAA history to score nine goals in a game during OHS’ 10-0 mercy rule victory on the road.

Of her nine goals, Busenhart scored seven of them in the first half with an assist on one of them by Landolt.

Two minutes into the second half, Elliott scored again equaling her eight-goal game against Dixon from a rain-soaked affair. She was assisted on that goal by Madison Walters.

After an Elliott goal made it 9-0 early in the second half, Busenhart ended the match with her ninth of the game at the 35:00 minute mark of the second half.

Falling 6-1 Friday night at the hands of Waynesville’s Lady Tigers, Owensville took on Newburg’s Lady Wolves the previous night at Dutchmen Field in make-up soccer action from Monday, April 2.

Behind six goals from Busenhart along two each from Marissa West-Derby and Elliott, Owensville posted another 10-0 mercy rule victory over visiting Newburg.

OHS returns to action on Monday, April 16 against Battle’s Lady Spartans with a 5 p.m., start time for the varsity match.