Lady Raiders, led by Leah Klurman’s hat trick, dominate Union Catholic in a 4-0 win

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Anthony Malta

Leah Klurman’s name will be remembered for a long time by Union Catholic players after her hat trick performance that decimated UC’s defense in the Union County semifinals. Klurman’s dominant performance helped secure the Lady Raiders spot in Wednesday’s county finals. 
 
From the first whistle, SPF was aggressive and maintained possession on UC’s side of the field. The first half featured multiple shots on-goal, mostly by senior Corinne Lyght. Lyght blazed through the defense and took solid shots, but Union Catholic’s goalie made many impressive saves to keep the game competitive. 
 
SPF put points on the board 10 minutes into the first half when senior Holly Nelson snuck a shot in through a heavily contested lane. SPF controlled much of the game early on, and doubled their lead in the final minutes of the first half with Klurman’s first goal, a laser into the top corner of the net. 
 
“I was able to take more shots today and take any space I had in front of me,” Klurman said.“And because [coach] moved me up from center back I was able to score more.” 
 
The talented junior recently committed to the University of Tennessee. 
 
The Lady Raiders finished their dominant first half off with another goal by Klurman off of Lyght’s deflected shot. This goal marked the end for UC’s chances at winning. 
 
“[Leah]’s a great player. She can play anywhere on the field.” Coach Kevin Ewing said. “She played in the back, the midfield and up top for us, and she capitalized on her opportunities.” 
 
The Lady Raiders look to continue their success in Wednesday’s county finals. The team’s ability to move the ball and take advantage of the opposition’s mistakes, especially showcased today, makes them an immense threat to any who dare to challenge. 
 
“All the kids played well.” Ewing said. “The kids just moved the ball like we wanted them to, which led to a good result.”