By Ryan McCracken on October 3, 2016.
The Medicine Hat Rattlers womenâ€™s soccer team found the response they were looking for Saturday at the Snake Pit.
After dropping their second game of the season, 2-0 to the SAIT Trojans, Rattlers midfielder Meagan Clarke says they were all left feeling like they could have done more. But when the teams met again Saturday on different turf, Clarke and the Rattlers exploded offensively for the second game in a row, leading to a commanding 5-1 win.
â€œTheyâ€™re ranked sixth nationally and we knew we could have beat them last time. We just had to have them on our own field,â€ said Clarke, who had three assists in the win. â€œWeâ€™re definitely heating up and this gives us the confidence to keep our streak going.â€
Rattlers forward Kaity Letwiniuk potted her third hat trick of the season and added an assist in Saturdayâ€™s big win, while Cassidy LaRochelle opened the scoring in the ninth minute and Jordyn Bell finished it off in the 74th.
Kate Mundy scored SAITâ€™s lone goal of the afternoon in the 45th minute to cut Medicine Hatâ€™s lead in half at the break, but the Rattlers added three more in the second to run away with the win.
â€œIt was such a team effort. We were strong all over the pitch,â€ said Clarke. â€œIt was coming all the way from the back from our goalkeeper Amanda (Oervering).â€
The victory comes on the heels of Medicine Hatâ€™s 6-0 shutout over the Lethbridge Kodiaks, and after adding a 1-0 victory over the Broncos Sunday in OldsÂ on Letwiniukâ€™s late goal, the Rattlers are now tied with SAIT atop of the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference South with a 5-2 record.
The menâ€™s Rattlers soccer team also turned the tables on the Trojans Saturday, answered their early-season 3-0 loss with a 4-0 win on home turf.
Albert Woodroffe-Brown scored a hat trick for Medicine Hat, while Jared Ursulan added a goal of his own and assisted on all three of Woodroffe-Brownâ€™s markers.
The men went on to take a 3-0 victory over the Broncos Sunday with two more goals from Woodroffe-Brown and another from Ursulan, moving the Rattlers to 5-1-1 on the ACAC season and second in the South standings.
The Rattlers return to the pitch at MHC on Saturday to host the Lakeland Rustlers.