|Graceland University (8-2-1, 4-2 HEART)||1||2||3|
|William Penn (Iowa) (5-5, 2-4 HEART)||1||0||1|
|1||15:06||Raunice Butler (William Penn (Iowa))|
|1||40:43||Suzune Sato (Graceland University)|
|2||65:01||Suzune Sato (Graceland University)|
|2||75:18||Suzune Sato (Graceland University)|
|Graceland University||Indv. Leaders||William Penn (Iowa)|
|#9 Suzune Sato - 3||Goals||#5 Raunice Butler - 1|
|#35 Hannah Hiner - 2||Assists||#1 Riley Ludwig - 1|
|#9 Suzune Sato - 7||Shots||#5 Raunice Butler - 3|
|None||Saves||#1 Riley Ludwig - 11|
|Graceland University||Team Statistics||William Penn (Iowa)|
|26 (14)||Shots (on goal)||4 (1)|
OSKALOOSA, IA - Suzune Sato recorded her second hat trick of the season in Graceland University's victory over William Penn University. The women's soccer team defeated the Statemen 3-1, earning their fourth straight win.
The victory propels Graceland to 8-2-1 overall and 4-2 in the Heart. William Penn dropped to 5-5 and 2-4 in conference play.
"We okayed well and completely dominated possession, but they shocked us with a screamer into the top corner," remarked Ozzie White, head women's soccer coach. "We didn't panic, kept the ball and created many chances. Suzune Sato had a very good game and she was rewarded with a very nice hat trick."
Just 15 minutes into the contest, Graceland saw William Penn go up 1-0. A goal by Rauncie Butler from Riley Ludwig in the top corner gave the Statesmen an early lead. GU stayed calm and continued to play their game. The Jackets moved the ball deep into WPU's end, earning corner kicks and creating scoring chances. Late in the first half, Hannah Hiner found Suzune Sato. Sato found the back of the net for Graceland to tie the contest at 1-1. The score remained tied at halftime.
The Yellowjackets looked to maintain momentum from the first and continued to work. The Jackets maintained possession and continued to challenge the Statesmen backline. In the 65 minute of the game, GU earned a corner kick. Hiner served the ball into the mix, as Sato connected on the back-end to move the Jackets ahead 2-1. With 15 minutes to go in the game, Sato counted her third and final goal of the game on a penalty kick. The Yellowjackets defeated the Statesmen 3-1.
Graceland outshot William Penn in the contest 26-4. The Yellowjackets placed 14 shots on goal to the Statesmen one.
GU's Suzune Sato sparked the Yellowjacket offense with seven total shots, all on goal. She converted on three shots to count a hat trick in the game – her second of the season. Hannah Hiner assisted on two of Sato's goals. Megan Kimrey added five shots in the game.
Women's soccer will return home on Saturday October 7 after a five games on the road. GU will take on Central Methodist University at 5 p.m.
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