CARENCRO — Acadiana’s Monique Hundley was reluctant to say hat tricks are routine for her, but they are.
So it should have come as a surprise to no one when Hundley netted three goals Monday night against Carencro. Hundley’s hat trick propelled the Lady Rams to a 4-0 victory over the Lady Bears.
“I can’t do it without my team,” Hundley said. “They’re the ones that make it happen. It’s not just me. It’s not just one player.”
Hundley wasted no time getting the scoring started. After Carencro goalkeeper Danielle Heim made a great save in the seventh minute, Hundley came right back in the ninth minute and put the ball through on the near post, giving Acadiana a 1-0 lead.
“Monique does a lot for us,” Acadiana coach John Carriere said. “She’s creative in the midfield, and she’s certainly dangerous up top.”
The Lady Rams took a 2-0 lead into halftime after Summer St. Ann chipped in a shot over the Heim’s head in the 11th minute. Hundley added her second goal quickly in the second half. She dribbled the ball down and put the goal in the back of the net for a 3-0 Acadiana lead.
Her third and final goal was a chip in from 30 feet away. Carriere said he thought Acadiana did a good job creating chances.
“We did a good job of playing in spaces and getting the backs to spread,” Carriere said. “We had plenty of chances, and (Heim) was phenomenal. She really made some good saves.”
Heim had several amazing saves to keep the Lady Bears in the game. Carencro coach Mike Woodall said Heim’s play in the net was the reason the score wasn’t more lopsided.
“Those first two goals were spot on, and you can’t do anything about that,” Woodall said. “Danielle is a really good keeper, and she kept us in the game.”
Carencro’s best chance to score came in the 11th minute when Ashley Colomb pushed one inches wide on a near post shot. Woodall said if that one had gone in, the complexion of the game could have changed.
“I’m not saying we beat them, but if we just finish, it’s a different game,” Woodall said. “We know that we can compete. We have no reason to hang our head. We competed, and we did not quit. We just have to finish our opportunities.”
Hundley said the Lady Rams have gone through a “rough patch” but she said the way they played Monday shows they’ve come out stronger on the other side.
“We came out prepared and ready and I couldn’t do anything without my team,” she said. “They give me such great support and effort and they create my chances for me. I think we’ve pulled through (the rough patch) as a family and we are looking to go far this year.”