TORRINGTON, Wyo. - Freshman Aubree Ford scored a hat trick of three goals to lead the Scottsbluff girls soccer team to a 5-0 win over Torrington on Friday afternoon in Torrington, Wyo.
For the Bearcats, the win was their first of the season.
"It felt good to finally get that first win," Scottsbluff coach Chad Larson said. "I told the girls before the match that if we were going to get a win today, we would definitely have to go out and earn it because this wasn't the same kind of Torrington team that we've played in the past. They're constantly improving, so we had to earn it."
Ford, a midfielder, has burst onto the scene for Scottsbluff this season. She leads the Bearcats in scoring with four goals.
"Coming into the season I had high expectations for her, but you never quite know about freshmen as to what they're going to do or not do," Larson said of Ford. "I think she's starting to find a groove. She's learning her position really well, she's asking questions in practice and she's a very determined, hard worker. It was good to see that pay off for her today. Hopefully, she just continues to grow as a player."
Ford tallied Scottsbluff's first two goals of the match in the opening 14-minute span of the first half.
The Bearcats' advantage grew to 4-0 at intermission after Micah Holloway and Megan Gealy both netted goals in the 22nd and 28th minute, respectively. Rachel Weis assisted on Holloway's goal. For Holloway, it was her second goal of the season.
Scottsbluff's fifth and final score came in the 75th minute when Ford polished off her first career hat trick with an unassisted goal.
Larson said the Bearcats' performance was their best so far through four matches.
"Everybody we brought today played, so everybody contributed," Larson said. "We did a much better job of keeping space out on the field. That was one of our big goals coming into this match. I was really pleased."
Scottsbluff out-shot Torrington 21-8 in the match. Of the Bearcats' total shots, 11 were sent on goal.
Torrington held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Defensively, junior Morgan Westphal recorded her first shutout of the season in net. Westphal turned away all four shots she faced.
Mikayla Brower made seven saves in goal for Torrington.
After Tuesday's loss at Cheyenne East dropped Scottsbluff to 0-3, Larson said the Bearcats put together a couple of good days of practice leading up to Friday's match.
"We worked hard after that Cheyenne East match. We studied the film and had a couple tough days of practice to try and right the ship," Larson said. "We realized that if we do what we're supposed to do, when we're supposed to do it, it will pay off. Now we just need to do that consistently and not in spurts here or there. Today was definitely a step in the right direction."
The Bearcats (1-3) will return to action next Saturday when they travel to North Platte to take on Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.
Torrington (0-1) will play at Lander Valley today.