(RMC Athletics release)
BILLINGS – The Rocky Mountain College women’s soccer team picked up a 6-1 non-conference win over University of Providence on Friday night at Herb Klindt Field. The Battlin’ Bears scored all of their goals in the second half for their third consecutive victory.
Neither team created many chances in during the opening 45 minutes of action. That all chanced early in the second half as Rocky (4-1) scored four times in under 10 minutes to blow the game open. Tiara Duford opened the scoring when she finished a feed from Hannah Borgel for the first of her two goals on the day in the 55th minute.
Lauryn Gamache made it 2-0 with a strike in the 57th minute as she connected on a free kick from 25 yards out. After Duford scored her second goal in the 58th minute after a great through ball by Borgel, Gamache notched her second of the game in the 61st minute.
Providence (0-3) got on the board in the 67th minute on a penalty kick from Eme McLaughlin.
Mhari Smith scored the Bears fifth goal in the 75th minute from the top of the penalty area when Amber Pearson delivered a pass from near the goal line. The final goal of the game came in the 84th minute when Gabi Heflin headed in a cross from Sami Kratofil.
Rocky finished the contest with 20 total shots after getting 16 of them in the second half. The Bears put 13 of those chances on goal and they had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Duford took a team high four shots – all on goal – while Pearson and Rita Marshall had three apiece.
Maia Wetzel earned the win in goal playing the first 68 minutes. Samantha Kelley closed out the game by playing the final 22 minutes.
The Bears will be back in action on September 15 when they host Southern Oregon in the Cascade Conference opener. That game will begin at 2 p.m. at Wendy’s Field.