MARION, Ind. (Box Score) -- It didn't take long for Indiana Wesleyan University junior forward Kelsey Johnston to find the back of the net Friday night in the women's soccer season opener versus Asbury (Ky.) University.
With 24 goals in her first two seasons for the Wildcats, Johnston scored four times in the first half as Indiana Wesleyan (1-0-0) routed Asbury 8-0 at Wildcat Field. Indiana Wesleyan dominated play from start to finish on Friday while outshooting Asbury 22-3. Eight of their 11 shots on goal beat the Asbury (0-1-0) keeper.
"I thought we played fairly well right from the start," said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Dr. John Bratcher. "We put a lot of pressure on their players with the ball, especially in the back. Our goals finally came to fruition because we had three up front and they had three in the back. We were able to split them and we had more speed than they did."
Johnston scored the first four goals of the match, all within the first 35 minutes of play.
"Kelsey had a wonderful one touch and then she had one where she chipped the keeper," added Bratcher. "Great start for her. We've been working on crossing early and putting a lot of pressure on the backs and it really paid off."
Freshman midfielder Tracey Tiernon added her first collegiate goal in the 36th minute to give the Wildcats a 5-0 halftime advantage. Tiernon also assisted on the last three Johnston goals for a five point match.
"Tracey, with her quickness and tenacity, is a help in what we do by pressing the other team, trying to make them give up the ball," said Bratcher. "She makes them pass it long, or out of bounds, and sometimes she even wins it herself. She just keeps going, she doesn't stop."
Another freshman found the back of the net for Indiana Wesleyan in her first contest as midfielder Brooke Stevens scored a pair of goals in the 78th and 85th minutes. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Wilkins concluded the scoring with 17 seconds remaining for the eighth goal of the day.
Junior keeper Jamie Speidel earned the shutout victory for the Wildcats. Speidel only needed to make one save for her first shutout and win.
The No. 8-ranked Wildcats get right back at it with another home match tomorrow. IWU hosts No. 18-ranked Houghton (N.Y.) College with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Wildcat Field. The game is a rematch of the teams' NAIA National Championship Opening Round matches from the past two seasons.