Courtesy Murray State Athletics

Each sport has a rare single-game feat that stands out as a unique performance. In baseball it’s hitting for the cycle, in basketball it’s recording a triple double, in golf it’s a hole-in-one…for the sport of soccer, that coveted accomplishment is scoring a hat trick.

Scoring three goals in a single match is truly a special day, and even top scorers can go an entire collegiate career without crossing off this achievement. Through 20 seasons of competition since the program’s inaugural season in 2000, Murray State women’s soccer has seen 11 Racer hat tricks. Nine different players have collected triples in a single match, with Julie Mooney and Krista Muilkens being the only players to pull off the event twice.

The program’s first hat trick was actually a four-goal performance from Jackie Thomas, when she netted all four scores to propel the Racers to a 4-3 victory over UT Martin in the first round of the OVC Tournament on October 27, 2000. That single-game goal total would not be matched again by a Murray State player until Lacey Latimer tallied four goals and also recorded two assists in an 11-0 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on September 15, 2006. Latimer’s 10 total points in that match still stands as the OVC single-game record. Additionally, only seven players in the OVC have ever scored four goals in a game.

The most recent Racer hat trick came on October 10th, 2014 when Julie Mooney’s three goals led the Racers to a 5-0 victory over Morehead State. Mooney is also the only player to collect two hat tricks in the same season, as she had also tallied three goals less than a month earlier when she handled the scoring duties in a 3-1 triumph over IUPUI on September 19th, 2014.

A complete list of Murray State soccer hat tricks can be found below.

All-Time Hat Tricks

DateOpponentLocationResultScorePlayer (Goals)
10-27-00UT Martin    AW4-3Jackie Thomas (4)
09-14-04LouisvilleHL5-3Theresa Reedy (3)
09-30-05Morehead StateHW3-0Krista Muilkens (3)
09-15-06Arkansas-Pine BluffHW11-0Lacey Latimer (4)
09-15-06Arkansas-Pine BluffHW11-0Krista Muilkens (3)
09-16-07Bacone CollegeNW9-0Rebecca Schultz (3
10-08-10Tennessee TechHW3-0Sophie Hargreaves (3)
10-10-11Alabama A&MAW6-0Shauna Wicker (3)
09-14-12Alabama A&MHW5-0Veronika Pribyslavska (3)
09-19-14IUPUIHW3-1Julie Mooney (3)
10-10-14Morehead StateHW5-0Julie Mooney (3)

Dan HaskoMedia Relations (SB, Soc, Ten)Murray State University


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