KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Facing a team that features a returning All America forward who was just named the NJCAA Player of the Week can be a daunting task.
Just ask St. Louis Community College women’s soccer coach Jason Howard.
Howard, himself a former Lewis and Clark Community College player, saw his STLCC women’s team fall to L&C 8-0 Thursday at Meramec Community College.
Howard also saw L&C’s Boitumelo Rabale score her fifth consecutive hat trick. The returning All-America was the Division I Player of the Week for scoring three straight hat tricks last week.
“She’s really, really good,” Howard said. “She’s the best I’ve seen this year.”
Rabale, a sophomore from the small southern African nation of Lesotho, leads the nation in both goals scored and assists. She has scored 35 goals and Thursday dished out three assists to run her total to 25 this season for the No. 11-ranked Trailblazers.
And if Rabale wasn’t enough of a challenge, teammate Candice Parziani added a hat trick and an assist as well. The freshman from Australia has scored 21 goals and has nine assists.
“They make a pretty effective scoring threat,” L&C coach Tim Rooney said. “(Rabale) is so dangerous. She does so much and she’s a threat from about anywhere. And (Parziani) does a nice job. She works hard and she reads the game.”
The Trailblazers notched their third consecutive shutout and seventh overall.
“The defense did a real nice job,” Rooney said. “It all starts back there.”
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