Kick Start Genesis' Shanice Stevenson on the ball during Wednesday's game.
National player Shanice Stevenson has pushed Guardian Group Kick Start Genesis to the front of the pack in the Barbados Football Association's Women's Premier League when she recorded her second hat-trick this season in as many games. Playing on the second game-day of the 2018 tournament last night, Stevenson followed up her opening performance against defending champions University of the West Indies Women's Football Club with another three-goal haul, this time against the National Sports Council Women's Football Team.
Scoring two of her three goals in the fist game from just outside the 18-yard box, Stevenson stuck to that template when she broke the deadlock in the 37th minute. Given just enough room in open play on the right, the lanky midfielder looked up and lifted the ball to see it drop just over the outstretched arms of Sports Council defender Olliana Bishop, who was subbing between the uprights on the night.
The Sports Council ladies, who were made up mostly of national Under-15 players, were not without their moments of magic and saw two back-to-back chances at goal go by. Making her move out to the left from the centre of the field, midfielder Kimberly Ellis took a cracker with her left foot at Rowland Kirton-Browne. The shot could have beaten the Kick Start keeper but it ricocheted off the cross bar and went harmlessly away. Just after that, a play from the right went across the mouth of the goal untouched as Sabrina Thompson was just too far out to finish as Kirton-Browne was well beaten at back-post.
Just a few minutes later in the 44th, an infraction about 24 yards out on the left saw Stevenson stepping up to take the resulting free kick. As if it were clock-work, the resulting shot found its mark over Bishop like a carbon copy of the majority of her goals so far this season – a lob that drops just shy of the cross bar.
Going the other way, Stevenson struck again – this time in the 72nd minute. Once again, given too much space in the midfield, she took her favouriteshot and, true to form, the ball found its mark to see Genesis sporting a 3-0 lead. Despite valiant efforts by the NSC side, there would be no goals to be had this time around and the game would finish at the same score.
The Women's Premier League kicks back up this coming weekend with two games on Saturday night. Mavericks Women have the first game at 6:00 PM against the UWI Women, while the nightcap at 8:00 PM goes to Empire Women and the National Sports Council.