Norwalk stays hot with shutout win over Edison

Mark Hazelwood • Updated Sep 12, 2017 at 4:47 AM

Hat tricks are becoming somewhat of an old hat for Kaelyn Harkness.

The senior scored three goals for a second time in six matches this season, and has already reached 10 goals for the young season following Monday’s 5-0 win over visiting Edison in a Sandusky Bay Conference crossover match at the Norwalk Soccer Complex.

“I think we played wonderful as a team,” Harkness said after Norwalk improved to 4-2. “We really decided to put it together and played great. We have a tendency to start out slow, but once we get going and start playing — we really kick it in.”

Norwalk wasted no time striking quickly in Monday’s match, as senior Maddie Deiderick scored less than a minute in for a 1-0 lead.

Edison’s best chance at a goal came at the 32:48 mark of the first half, but Savannah Smith’s penalty kick was high and over the net.

Just under four minutes later, Harkness found the back of the net for the first time at the 29:01 mark of the first half — which is where things stood (2-0) at halftime.

In the second half, Norwalk put the game away in a 10-minute stretch.

There was a scrum for the ball near centerfield, but when the ball came out, it ended up deflecting straight to Harkness — who was right in front of the net and booted it through at the 32:07 mark for a 3-0 lead.

Less than 90 seconds later, Kendall Bigler came streaking up the right side and launched a long shot that made its way to the back of the net to make it 4-0 with 30:42 left in the match.

Finally, Harkness scored her 10th goal of the season when she took a pass from Deiderick in perfect stride from the left side with 22:51 left.

“We’re just not quite at Norwalk’s level yet,” Edison coach Brian White said after his team fell to 3-3. “We’re trying to build our program up and we’re not going to build it overnight. They’re where we want to be. But we have to play these kind of teams to see exactly where we’re at. I think we are growing as a program.

“We have made some good steps forward since the start of the season — but matching up against a really good team, it shows us the areas we need to improve,” he added. “That’s what we’ll take from tonight. Norwalk is a great team that is going to do well moving forward, and we’re going to try and learn from this and get better ourselves.”

Norwalk is 3-0 in the Lake division of the SBC, and will visit Perkins (2-3-1) on Wednesday with hopes of going through the division unbeaten in the first half.

“I think our team is playing well — and what I really like right now is some of our playmakers aren’t necessarily our goal scorers right now,” Norwalk coach Michelle Sandor said. “Obviously Kaelyn is scoring goals, but Maddie had some awesome passes through the middle. Kendall is getting some great crosses up top and just working so hard.

“A lot of our playmakers are making plays for other players,” she added. “We’ve seen a lot of different players score recently, which is encouraging. We’re able to score from all over the field, it’s not just Kaelyn, even though she certainly makes the most of her opportunities.”

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