By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
CATAWISSA -- During halftime of Tuesday's game, Southern Columbia honored its 11 seniors with a little Senior Night ceremony.
So it was only fitting that those seniors -- all 11 of whom started the game -- stepped up on their night to give the Tigers a convincing win.
The Tigers scored six goals, including a hat trick by Mackenzie Clark in the second half, to blank Mount Carmel, 6-0, in a HAC-II game at home and remain unbeaten on the season.
"That was a total 100 percent team effort," Southern Columbia coach Derek Stine said.
The Tigers (11-0-1, 8-0-1 HAC-II) put two goals on the board in the first half on the Red Tornadoes (8-4, 5-4 HAC-II).
Senior Teanna Shutt netted the first by scoring from outside the goal area with a nice shot to the near post just past Mount Carmel's goalie. Then senior Bailey Bzdak (who just recorded her 50th career goal this past week) tallied with a beautiful header to the far post from just five yards out.
"We wanted to beat them, not have a hard game and put it away," Clark said. "And it was our Senior Night, so we wanted to get it done early."
In the second half, Clark put the game away herself with a hat trick in just a six-minute span to pump the lead from two goals to five. The second-half performance also put Clark at 49 career goals.
"We're just a better second-half team -- that's what we say -- but I guess it gave us confidence and then we went from there," Clark said laughing.
Two of Clark's three goals were perfect high shots just beyond Mount Carmel goalie Sami Zigarski's reach to the top right corner of the goal. Clark's other goal came when she dribbled down just a few feet from the goalie and tapped a shot to the far post to complete the hat trick.