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September 21, 2013

Hatchets win sixth game in a row

WASHINGTON — The Washington girls soccer team won its sixth straight game Saturday and the offense appears to be finding its rhythm at the right time.

The Hatchets (7-3-1) defeated Forest Park 5-3 Saturday morning at the Sports Complex behind a balanced offense attack that saw five different players score a goal.

An issue with Washington's play this season has been slow starts, but junior Mikayla Richardson made sure the Hatchets started quickly. Richardson gave Washington a 1-0 lead with her goal in the 17th minute off sophomore Emily Mahan's cross from the left corner. 12 minutes later, Mahan scored a goal of her own when she fired a shot from in front of goal past Forest Park goaltender Tabitha Steckler to extend the lead to 2-0 at halftime.

"Offensively we played well looking for shots and working hard," said Washington coach Stacy Bryant. "Attack wise we did well and that's something we had been working on this past week."

The Washington lead didn't last for long in the second half. Forest Park freshman Madisyn Hunt scored two goals in a two-minute span early in the second half to tie the score at two.

"We have trouble adjusting to the differences of teams on the field," Bryant said. "When we face a player like No. 25 (Hunt) who is strong and very fast — probably if not the fastest, one of the top two or three that we will face all year long. We didn't seem to adjust to playing her as opposed to any other players. We got burnt a few times when the ball went to the right spot at the right time and she looks like she's All-World. We had a hard time adjusting to that one player with that speed and that strength that was faster and stronger than the people we had there."

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