Morgan’s Haylee Gardner scored a hat trick en route to a 5–1 schellacking over the Tooele girls soccer team Tuesday.
About six minutes into the first half, Morgan took the 1–0 lead when Gardner muscled past the defense and took a shot on goal. Tooele keeper Trista Fackrell got a finger on the ball, but couldn’t steer it out of the net.
With about 20 minutes left in the half, sophomore Savannah VanOrden received a through ball and scored Morgan’s second goal.
Tooele took one shot in the first half, which was an off-frame shot by freshman Emily Webber with about 13 minutes to go before halftime.
Tooele looked flat in the first half and wasn’t connecting many passes anywhere on the field.
Perhaps the only bright spot from the first half was Fackrell’s performance. The sophomore saved six of Morgan’s first eight shots on goal.
Things didn’t improve for the Buffs in the second half.
A set-piece free kick taken by Gardner sailed into the net over Fackrell’s head with 36 minutes left in the game, then sophomore Heather Moore finished off a rebound that barely escaped Fackrell’s reach on the line to make it 4–0.
Tooele senior Mattie Pike scored the only goal for the Buffaloes with 22 minutes left from an assist by midfielder Kenya Russell to make it 4–1.
The game was called for a lightning delay with 13:25 left but was later resumed. The only goal after the resume was a penalty taken by Morgan’s Gardner.
Tooele was outshot 24–5, with 16 of Morgan’s shots being on goal.
Fackrell ended with 12 saves.
Tooele, which dropped to 2–4 with the loss, will next face West Jordan at home Thursday at 3:30 p.m.