Sophomore standout Abbie Barnum had an outstanding game Wednesday night at the Mesquite Event and Sports Center scoring four goals to lead her Bulldog teammates to a 5-0 win over the Mojave High School Rattlers in a non-league matchup.
Barnum and the Dawgs scored early in the match on a pass from freshman Kallie Graves at the five minute mark. The Bulldogs dominated the next 33 minutes of the first half but could not finish their runs. Time after time the Dawgs missed scoring opportunities.
“Here we go again, déjà vu, last year we jumped on them early the Rattlers and never scored again in a 1-1 ties, said Coach Bob Snell pacing the sidelines. His young group must have heard him as Marlene Quiarte and Barnum made a run, Barnum taking a sweet pass from Quiarte to finish giving the Dawgs a 2-0 lead at the break. “That was a big goal,” added Snell. The Bulldogs had 9 shots on goal, one save and six corner kicks in the period. The Dawgs defense held the Rattlers to no shots on goal.
The Bulldogs began the second half on the offensive Graves had a great opportunity to score early but her open shot ended up as a save for the Rattlers. Barnum got a hat trick 49 minutes in on a pass in the box from senior Emma Dodenbier to up the Dawgs lead to 3-0. It didn’t take long for Barnum to score her fourth goal of the match on an assist from another freshman Kari Wakefield. It was substitution time for the Dawgs as Snell emptied his bench. Defender Jazmyn Dominquez had the rare opportunity to be in the right place at the right time hitting goal on a pass from Jacque Colima with two minutes remaining in the match to give the Dawgs a 5-0 lead. The whistle blew shortly thereafter.
The final stats showed the Lady Bulldogs dominated the Rattlers shooting 19 times at goal to the Rattlers 5. “Nice win,” said Snell. “We’re still a work in progress but played better in the second half. The goal to end the second half was the key shot of the game. We need to finish when we have the lead. I’m happy at our progress playing tough games this early prior to the start of league play.”
The Dawgs travel to Western on Friday before going to Cedar City Utah this weekend for a tournament. The Bulldogs open league play on Thursday, September 11, hosting Sunrise Mountain.