Natalie Chambers’ hat trick leads Williamstown past Linsly

Williamstown junior Natalie Chambers recorded her second career hat trick during the Yellowjackets’ 4-1 victory Thursday evening against Linsly. Photo by Jay W. Bennett

WILLIAMSTOWN — Defending Ohio Valley Athletic Conference small school champion Linsly couldn’t get much going here Thursday evening as host Williamstown received a hat track from junior Natalie Chambers during a 4-1 victory.

The 3-2 Yellowjackets of head coach Ben Rinehart, who play host at noon Saturday to Huntington St. Joe, finished with 20 shots on goal against Cadet keeper Mia Camps.

Sophie Folwell faced five shots and saved all but one, which came in the 75th minute as Linsly (4-1-3) was able to avoid the shutout when freshman Riley Maroney sent a cross that fellow classmate Payton Storch put into the back of the net in the 75th minute.

“We’re very pleased,” Rinehart said. “One of the things we’ve been doing is working a lot on our possession and being patient with the ball. That is something that really showed tonight. We moved the ball very well. She’s (Chambers) worked really hard in practice and we’ve been working on her finishing. She was very intelligent and made the right plays and that led to her success. You don’t do that by accident.

“Another person who played really well was Avery Smith. She stepped up big time. Camryn Irvin, one of our captains and supporting mid, is out with an injury tonight and she got put into that position and her decision making was good; Emma Berman, at forward, she just wants to go forward, but she showed patience when it wasn’t there and being able to drop it back. Tonight, it’s probably the best I’ve seen them play as an 11-person unit and I’m just very proud of them.”

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Williamstown’s Emma Berman, who scored a goal during the Yellowjackets’ 4-1 triumph Thursday evening versus Linsly, is guarded by Cadet Sofia Robertson.

Chambers tallied her first goal in the 13th minute and the hosts held a 2-0 cushion at intermission when she scored again in the 27th via an Ella McMullen assist.

Berman was able to beat Camps in the 44th minute for a 3-0 lead, once again thanks to an assist by McMullen.

“It’s really good to get to play,” Chambers said of just being out with her teammates.

“We were really worried we weren’t going to have a season at all, honestly.”

Chambers unleashed a rocket from around 25-plus yards out in the 46th minute to record her hat trick via an unassisted tally.

“I just saw an open lane and an open corner and I just went for it,” Chambers said of her third goal. “I thought it was easily our best or one of our best games we’ve played against a strong team and everybody was playing for each other.”

Williamstown put pressure on the Cadets from the start. London Flores’ deep throw-in led to a Katie Pickering cross early on. After Chambers’ first goal, less than two minutes later ‘Jacket Livi Rinard sent a cross into the box that Berman headed, but couldn’t put on frame.

Linsly’s Nevaeh Cook made a run in the 51st minute and sent a cross, but Kailyn Wilson’s shot went into the side of the net.

WHS freshman Brylee Jones also had two shots on goal as too did Smith.

Chambers’ first career hat trick also came at home back on Aug. 21 of 2018 when she was a freshman against Ravenswood.

The Yellowjackets were unable to score on any of Lydia Conner’s five corner kicks.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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