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Banks girls hammer rival Astoria on Senior Day

Lauren Hill records a hat trick as Banks rolls to a dominant 6-0 win over Astoria


It took the Banks girls soccer team some time to settle in last Thursday afternoon against Astoria, but once the Braves did, they rolled.

Neither side had much to show after the first 20 minutes of a Cowapa League contest staged at Sunset Park, but then Banks started creating quality opportunities — and putting a number of them away.

Lauren Hill led the charge with a hat trick, Kim Jordan added two goals and Cassie Streblow represented the senior class on Senior Day with a score during a 6-0 victory.

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 - Banks freshman Aspen Slifka (10) is chased by Astoria defender Claire Albright during last Thursday's Cowapa League soccer match.

“I don’t know. We were on today and we had a lot of drive to do better this time,” Jordan said afterward. “Our passes were connecting. Everything was just flowing.”

The win lifted Banks to 7-5-1 overall and 5-4 in league play with one Cowapa match to go. Astoria dropped to 1-12 overall and 1-8 in league action.

When the two sides met up on Oct. 1 in Astoria, Banks had to come from behind late for a 2-1 victory.

“We got lucky to win the first game, real lucky,” coach Brian Reed said. “We had two in the last 15 minutes to beat them 2-1. I really knew this was possible, but you couldn’t tell the first 20 minutes. In the first 20 minutes, it was anybody’s option. We just looked flat and out of sync.”

The Braves worked themselves out of that, though, and Hill played a significant role, tallying both of her side’s first-half goals and finishing off a hat trick midway through the second stanza.

The junior forward’s first goal came in the 22nd minute, when she tucked home a shot from close range past Astoria keeper Lexis Law during a scramble in front of the net after a shot by Jordan. She got her second in the 35th minute when she one-timed a shot off Streblow’s corner kick inside the left post from the right side of the penalty area.

After starting the second half up 2-0, Banks quickly doubled its lead on goals from Jordan and Streblow — both in the same minute.

In the 43rd minute, Streblow drilled a free kick from the right side of the field inside the near post over Law. Seconds later, Jordan got her first score of the match when she won the ball on the right side of the field and fired toward goal. Her shot found the left post and then bounced into the goal instead of away for a 4-0 advantage.

Hill finished off her trifecta on an assist from Kassidy Selfaison in the 61st minute. Selfaison beat an Astoria defender with the ball before squaring a pass to Hill, who finished with a shot from just outside the top of the penalty area.

“I didn’t know what to think coming into this game,” Hill said. “We’ve never really stomped them. We’ve always just done all right. But I think, honestly, I wouldn’t take all the credit for it. I think it was everyone’s attitude that contributed to my hat trick.”

Jordan completed the scoring in the 69th minute when she followed up a blocked shot with a score from inside the 6-yard box.

Lucy Plews and Courtney Berning combined for the shutout in goal, Banks’ fourth of the year. Plews played the first 59 minutes before Berning finished out the match.

The win set up a regular season finale showdown at Seaside on Tuesday.

“It was a good win today, and I’m really, really looking forward to Tuesday,” Reed said.

The Braves entered the match just a game up on the Seagulls for third place in the league, so a win would have secured a Class 4A play-in game on Saturday for Banks. (Results were unavailable at press deadline.) Check osaa.org for playoff schedules.