Rachel Witz scored her first collegiate goal in the 5-0 CBU win.
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Second-Half Explosion
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Release: 09/30/2013
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- There was something in the water as California Baptist University powered through a 5-0 victory over Hawaii-Hilo Monday afternoon.

"It was a good result for us," said head coach Kristen St. Clair. "Our preparation has been leading up to a breakout game like this."

Five different players scored for the Lancers as they racked up 25 shots--10 of which were on goal--while only surrendering five to the Vulcans.

"It's an exciting stat to see five different people score," said St. Clair. "We have so many dangerous players. Any given day, anyone can step up and score for us."

Kelly Jenks got the ball rolling for CBU, scoring in the first five minutes of play. Kitra Walters sent a ball into the box and Jenks got on the other end of it, redirecting it past the Vulcan goalkeeper to put the Lancers up 1-0.

Despite CBU's 10 other attempts in the first half, the Vulcans held on defensively, only trailing 1-0 heading into halftime.

Coming out of the break, however, the Lancers erupted into a scoring frenzy, netting three goals in a span of three minutes.

"We really hit the ground running in the second half," said St. Clair. "We were executing well and got even better in the second half."

Kristen Witchey opened the flury of goals in the 48th minute, redirecting a corner kick from Silvia Sanchez with her head into the back of the net.

Just 52 seconds later, Kimberly Allard collected a through pass from Jenks, placing it into the far post to give CBU a 3-0 lead.

The scoring wasn't done, however, as Rachel Witz found her first collegiate goal in the 51st minute of play. Witz collected a misclear from the Vulcan defense and rocketed a long-range shot into the far post netting.

CBU continued to create chances and Lauren Wallberg sealed the victory in the 75th minute. Tambrie Awai sent a cross into the box, finding Wallberg open at the far post. Without needing to collect the ball, Wallberg drilled her shot off the volley, sending it sailing into the goal.

"Lauren [Wallberg] and Rachel [Witz] both had highlight tape-like goals," said St. Clair. "Both great finishes."

UHH tried to whip up something offensively, getting a corner kick in the 82nd minute, but the Lancer defense stood resolute as CBU held on to the 5-0 win, improving to 5-4-0 overall, 4-1 in the PacWest. The Vulcans, on the other hand, drop to 4-2-1 on the season, 1-2 in conference.

The Lancers have a few days rest before they host another PacWest challenger in Hawaii Pacific on Thursday at 1 p.m., looking to stay on top of the conference leaderboard.

"We've been focusing on consistency day in and day out," said St. Clair. "We're continuing to build momentum and will look to carry that over for Thursday. Hawaii Pacific is another good team. They'll be a great challenge for us."

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