By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – After two years of defensive survival mode, Bedford North Lawrence is making the most of its new offensive posture and weaponry.
With Britta Warren recording her second hat trick of the season, with Jayella Filler contributing two assists and her own goal, the Stars rolled to a dominating 6-0 victory over Salem, avenging a disappointing loss from last year.
The Lions (0-8-0 with only three goals scored this season) were prime candidates for the Stars (4-7-0) to work on their offensive production. BNL did exactly that, scoring four times in the first 20 minutes of the first half on its way to ending a four-match losing streak.
“Our goal was to push up with our offense,” BNL coach Bret Roberts said. “We have a hard time moving up the field as a team. Our defense wants to hang back by the goal. And we wanted to score goals. We did both those things.”
Filler got the scoring started at 35:45, rifling home a goal off a crossing pass, and Warren connected off the first Filler assist at 30:12. Rachael Barr found the net at 25:22, and Caelyn Burke struck at 21:14.
“We did a very good job offensively,” Roberts said. “We had a lot of crosses. Jayella’s goal was off a cross, and you couldn’t ask for a better goal. And she did it right back. So those were good offensive combinations.”
Warren completed her hat trick with goals at 31:11 and 8:19 of the second half. She was the centerpiece in the middle, while Filler was a force on the right wing. She took a great sense of satisfaction in her contributions.
“I feel like that’s my job as a wing, to get the ball up to the forwards,” Filler said. “But I was happy to get a goal.”
BNL will be back in action on Thursday, hosting Trinity Lutheran.