By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
For all the success the Belton girls soccer program has had, no player has been as good at putting the ball into the back of the net as senior Baylor signee Hadley Young.
Young broke the Lady Tigers (15-3-1, 9-0 12-5A) record for career goals Friday in an 8-0 win over Harker Heights (2-6-1, 6-9-2) when she recorded her 15th career hat trick and pushed her career goal total to 108.
Chelsea Jones, who is now at Texas A&M, had set the record with 107 in 2009.
"Soccer is about scoring goals and she is the most prolific goal scorer in this area as long as I have been around," said Belton soccer coach Hadley Young. "I don't know everyone in the state but I don't know anyone else that can do what she does.
"It takes a special player to put it in the back of the net like she does. She just has the touch."
Young's hat trick gave her 30 goals for the season as she tries to break her own Belton single-season record of 41 goals she set last season.
Kat Parker picked up two assists to Young in the win.
"Her and Kat have formed this bound," Elkins said. "She hit a couple of beautiful balls."
Belton also got back forward Jaime Boone back from a meniscus tear and saw her make an immediate impact, scoring twice. Jessie Hagen, Bekah Rush and Allison Harrington also added goals for Belton.
Temple 5, Copperas Cove 0 - At Temple, the Lady Dawgs fell down 3-0 at the half and could not overcome the Tem-Cats' systematic and quick passing attack.
Cove (10-11-1, 4-5 12-5A) had a pair of chances to score late in the game, but was denied by the Tem-Cat (12-5-2, 6-3) goalkeeper.
Killeen 1, Salado 0 - At Salado, Nathali Perez scored with eight minutes left off a pass from Haley Crissman to lift the Lady Roos past the Lady Eagles (3-17-1, 1-6).
Nina Duran had eight saves for Killeen (2-5, 7-11-1).
TRACK AND FIELD
Salado wins Hornet Relays - At Gatesville, Salado ran away with the team title at the Hornet Relays in Gatesville on Thursday, collecting 206 points to best host Gatesville, which finished with 118.
The Eagles dominated on the track as Austin Silva placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.28 seconds and Joey Owens and Peyton Best picked up wins in the 200 and 400 dashes with times of 23.12 and 50.37, respectively.
Salado also won both distance events as Robert Perira won the 1,600 (4:52.38) and Alex Cooke won the 3,200 (10:49.63).
Reese Nicholson, Owens, Silva and Best also teamed up to win the 400 relay. Andrew Warren won the 300 hurdles (43.15).
Best won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, ¾ inches. Ryan Simmons, a state qualifier last year, won both the shot put (53-1) and the discus (160-2 ½) and Ben Perrin won the high jump (6-2).
Gatesville's only winner was Nicholas Meaders, who won the pole vault (14-6). The Hornets took second in both the 400 and 800 relays.
Lampasas splits against top-ranked teams - At Belton, the Lady Badgers shut out 3A No. 1 Celina 2-0 behind Kady Crow, who pitched a complete-game four-hitter.
Cathleen Garzynski and Hadley Brown drove in both runs for Lampasas (11-4).
Earlier in the day, Lampasas took a 1-0 lead on 4A No. 2 Waco Midway, but gave up three runs in the fourth and six in the fifth in a 9-1 loss in five innings.Crow had a pair of hits for Lampasas.
Gatesville opens with win in bracket play - At Taylor, Ashley Cook went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, two runs and a pair of stolen bases as the Hornets won their opening game, 8-2 over the Austin Westlake JV, in the Bronze bracket of the Taylor tournament.
The Hornets never trailed after Cook drove in Megan Chambers in the first inning. In the second inning, Paige Chambers socked in the first two runs of a six-run inning with a triple.
Evan Edmiston picked up the win on the mound. Earlier Friday, Gatesville (8-5) went 1-2 in pool play, beating Brownwood 5-3 after falling to Temple 4-1 and Burnet 7-0. The Hornets face Canyon Creek Christian today at 11:30 a.m.
Belton goes 1-2 in own tourney - At Belton, the Lady Tigers struggled early and exploded late at the Cen-Tex Hit-N-Run Tournament. Belton lost to Celina 14-2 to start the day and then lost 9-1 to Waco Midway before rallying for a 22-7 win over Early to finish the day.
Deja Brown and Shelby Hitt both hit home runs for Belton in the win and Kirsten Whiteside was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate. All nine starters for the Lady Tigers picked up hits and RBIs.
Leander Vandegrift 17, Florence 0, 3 inn. - At Austin, Vandegrift scored 10 runs in the first inning and seven in the second as they run-ruled struggling Florence (0-6, 0-1). The Lady Buffaloes play Monday against Lexington at 4 p.m.
Hurting Ellison drops 3 of 4 - At Taylor, the Lady Eagles had lost a pitcher and second baseman to sore shoulders, their designated hitter to a broken finger, but still managed to squeak out a win at the Lady Duck Invitational in Taylor.
Dusti Douglas, Jorimar Monge, Ashla Howell and Bryanna Sanchez had two hits each and Aslie Scagliusi pitched a no-hitter as the Lady Eagles defeated Thorndale 11-0. However, Ellison lost to Burnet 8-2, Robinson 9-1 and Rogers 5-0.
Gatesville splits two - At Rogers, Gatesville got six strong innings from Tyler Janes as it defeated Salado 1-0.
Janes held the Eagles to only four hits and struck out six. Gatesville out hit Cameron Yoe 9-6, but still fell to the Yoemen 7-4. Slayton Meyer had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.
Ellison drops 2 more - At Comal, the Eagles continued to struggle at the Comal ISD tournament, falling 8-2 to Austin Akins and 9-2 to San Antonio Reagan.
Belton loses two - At Round Rock, the Tigers continued to struggle at the Round Rock Stony Point tournament, falling 9-8 to Austin Anderson and 6-2 to Round Rock Stony Point.
Belton led Anderson 8-6 going into the seventh inning, but gave up three runs as they could not shut the door on the Trojans. Belton plays Austin Westlake today at 1 p.m.