By Doug Gorman
Lauren Hawkins is adjusting just fine to the level of play on the soccer field in her first season as a member of the Eagle's Landing Lady Golden Eagles.
Just weeks into her freshman season, Hawkins has turned into one of the Lady Golden Eagles' offensive weapons.
Friday night in a Region 2-AAAAA contest at home against Warner Robins, Hawkins accounted for all of the Lady Golden Eagles' goals in a 3-0 decision. The hat trick gives Hawkins four goals for the season.
Eagle's Landing improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in region action.
The night wasn't as successful for the Eagle's Landing boys' team as it dropped a 5-2 decision.
Hawkins is benefiting from her years of experience at the club level. As an eighth grader last year also she played on the Eagle's Landing junior varsity.
All that experience has helped her adjust to varsity competition.
"I'm enjoying playing high school soccer," she said. "My experience at the club level has prepared me to play against this type of competition. Everyone on this team works hard and we play together.
All of Hawkins goals' were unassisted.
"We played much better in the second half," said head coach George Phillips. "We are still young, but I think things are coming together."
She gave the Lady Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead at 7:40 mark into the game for the only score of the first half.
Her second goal came at the 2-0 mark of the second half.
Nearly 20 minutes later Hawkins put the game out of reach when she kicked the ball directly into the net on a corner kick.
Sarah Samchock was in net for the Lady Golden Eagles and recorded the shutout.
Warner Robins 5, Eagles Landing 2 (boys): Warner Robins wasted little time seizing the momentum in Friday night's game.
A goal just 49 seconds into the contest set the tone for Warner Robins' victory.
They scored two more times in the first half to build a 3-0 lead.
The Demons added the first goal of the second half at the 6:53 mark to go up 4-0.
The Golden Eagles rallied briefly with two goals in a span of about six minutes midway through the second half.
Donald Kirkland's score cut the lead to 4-1 and Christian Green put the Golden Eagles within striking distance with a score at the 18:23 mark.
A minute later Warner Robins scored again to end Eagle's Landing's comeback attempt.
Warner Robins had an opportunity to do more scoring damage, but both of its penalty kicks missed the mark.