Massey extend winning streak
A curling goal directly from a corner by Jane Barnett highlighted Massey University's win over the other unbeaten team, Seatoun, at Wellington yesterday.
Helped by the wind, she swung the ball in right-footed to put Massey ahead 3-0 at halftime in a 3-1 win.
That left Massey alone at the top of the Central League after seven straight wins, five in the league and two in the national knockout cup.
Mikaela Boxall scored the opener after five minutes with the other two coming after half an hour, Leah Gallie striking one from distance before Barnett's curler.
They had been comfortable with the strong wind at their backs in the first half. The second half was destined to be a holding action, Massey digging in and trying to keep the ball at their feet into the wind at Seatoun Park.
"This game had been in the back of my mind for the past four weeks," coach Kyle Jensen said.
Standouts were goalie Rachel Ingram, Gallie in midfield and centre-back Kate Bennett. They were helped by having Emily McColl and Jess Oulaghan back after four weeks out with injury.
Next Sunday, Massey host third-placed Wellington United in Palmerston North.
Meanwhile, at Ashhurst yesterday, Valeron Wanderers romped to a 10-0 win over the struggling Wanganui Athletic.
Former professional Ella Wiebe scored four and had completed her hat-trick in the first half. The other goals were shared by Carla McKenna, Catherine Pretty, Ashley Thurston, Nikki Wenzlick, Kowhai Hudson and Laura Nottle.
Wiebe and Thurston had huge workrates all game in what was Valeron's second league win.
Coach Craig Newell said Valeron had the job done at halftime when they led 6-0, all of those goals scored inside 35 minutes into the stiff breeze.
They were flat after the break until the 74th minute from when they slotted the other four.
Next Sunday, Valeron take on Waterside-Karori who beat Lower Hutt 5-0 yesterday. Valeron will be out for revenge after dipping out in the national knockout cup a week ago to Waterside on penalties.
- Manawatu Standard