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Girls Soccer: Gabbie Smith's hat trick, 3 assists steer Warriors past Apollo

Gabbie Smith

Gabbie Smith netted a hat trick with three assists in the Brainerd Warriors' 9-0 win over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles in a Central Lakes Conference game Thursday, Sept. 13, at Adamson Field in Brainerd.

Gina Wasniewski scored two goals and added one assist for the Warriors who entered the contest tied for the CLC lead with Sartell.

"Coming off of a game that nobody on our team was satisfied with (a 4-1 win at Rocori), the girls responded incredibly well," Warriors coach Grant Gmeinder. "We want to thank all of the parents and teachers that came to the game tonight and helped make the night so much fun."

Brainerd keeper Shayla Makowski made five saves in the shutout of the Eagles.

"Our defense of Abby Pohlkamp, Alexis Menghini, Ariana Jensen, Lexi McElfresh and Kayla Bush played their best game of the season," Gmeinder said. "They consistently built our attack which led to so many great opportunities for our forwards. They stepped (up) and were composed. When they play like they did tonight, it allows our attacking players to have the freedom to push forward and our team to have nights like tonight."

Brainerd 5 4—9

Apollo 0 0—0

First half: Brd-Gabbie Smith (Gina Wasniewski) 00:43, Brd-Gabbie Smith (Olivia King) 6:24, Brd-Taylor Larson (Gabbie Smith) 13:06, Brd-Gabbie Smith (Josie Kramer) 18:18, Brd-Gina Wasniewski (Abby Pohlkamp) 40:00

Second half: Brd-Gina Wasniewski (Gabbie Smith) 2:02, Brd-Josie Kramer (Gabbie Smith) 16:11, Brd-Josie Kramer 21:13, Brd-Chantrelle Thayer 30:28

Shots on goal: SC 5, B 20

Goalkeepers: Shayla Makowski (5 saves)

Conference: B 4-0. Overall: B 5-1. Next: Brainerd vs. St. Cloud Tech at St. Cloud State University 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 18.