Despite a short weather delay and some spotty rain throughout the match, the Nicholls State University soccer program put together a dominant performance Sunday afternoon against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, surging to a 5-0 victory behind a hat trick from Blaire Laiche and a goal apiece from Hannah Bodron and Cato Hom.
For Laiche, the three-goal performance effectively doubles her career total in the category and serves as the first hat trick for the program since Jess Coates' triple-score showing against Southern early in the 2016 campaign.
The Colonels improved 2-0-1 overall.
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Junior transfer Cato Hom closed out the scoring for the Colonels with her first-ever collegiate goal, finding the back of the net following a high cross from sophomore Caroline Morton. Conversely, junior Hannah Bodron broke the 0-0 tie early with a well-placed header, serving up the deflection off a soft cross from freshman Karina Gonzalez deep in the Lady Lions' box.
Statistically, Nicholls managed to outpace Arkansas-Pine Bluff in every major offensive category, posting an advantage in total shots (19-to-5), shots-on-goal (5-to-1) and corner kicks (6-to-3).
Offensively, the Colonels' shoot-and-spread style continues to flourish early in the season, as 10 different shot-takers created scoring opportunities throughout the match. Unsurprisingly, Laiche led the way behind four shots (four on goal) with three finding the back of the net.
Outside of Laiche, Gonzalez posted a team second-best three shots while both Hom and freshman Sydney Wallace ranked second in shots-on-goal, picking up two apiece on the day.
With the three-game home stretch to open the season concluded, the Colonels shift their focus to a four-match road trip, beginning with Prairie View A&M on Sunday and concluding with the program's conference opener at Lamar on Sept. 20.