Box Hill United’s senior women strolled to a 6-1 victory over Bayside United in the second round of their 2019 NPLW campaign on Saturday.
Under the searing heat at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, stellar performance from four-goal hero Saphri Lines was complemented by substitute Emma Hubbard’s double, and Box Hill custodian Alyssa Dall’Oste made no less than three fine saves to ably support her side as the last line of defence.
The hosts scored once just after the breather through left-winger Emily Harbis.
In a match which was punctuated by frequent drinks breaks, there was very little goal-mouth action in the early stages until Box Hill took the lead on 10 minutes. Japanese import Asuka Kakazu launched a textbook counter-attack which was rounded off successfully by skipper Lines at the near post.
The Box Hill captain fired another warning shot soon after, trying to catch Bayside goalkeeper Melissa Maizels off her line, but missed narrowly.
At the other end, the home side squandered two sitters close to the break, as Dall’Oste sprung out of her goal each time to deny Margot Robbine in one-on-one situations.
Two minutes into the second-half, Lines bagged her second goal, expertly guiding home from Kakazu’s well-weighed free-kick delivery.
But Bayside were almost right back into it, as Harbis made her way down the left to finish off a move from her side.
On 61 minutes though, Box Hill were three goals ahead, as the Lines-Kakazu duo combined again with the former completing her treble in style.
Bayside were finding it difficult to contain the visitor’s flowing football down the middle, and the Box Hill captain soon found space from 25 yards to score off the upright seven minutes later.
To their credit, Grant Spence-coached Bayside won a host of corners but were thwarted by the stubborn Box Hill defence who maintained their shape with gusto.
Hubbard, having previously tested Maizels once, scored her first of the afternoon on 80 minutes after collecting a pass from her captain.
The hardworking striker was rewarded again for her perseverance three minutes later, as she punished the opposition defence by netting her second, and Box Hill’s sixth of the day.
Fellow striker Maja Markovski also found her cheeky lob saved by Maizels, who prevented further agony.
However, there was a last-ditch attempt from Bayside to salvage another goal, but they found a roadblock in the form of Dall’Oste, who made her third key save in the second-half stoppage time to complete a dominant display from Box Hill.
Box Hill United starting XI: A Ayton, N Dakic, A Dall’Oste (GK), N Griffen, A Kakazu, M Lantieri-Bartley (S Paterson 82’), S Lines ©, M Markovski, G Norbury, C Storay (E Hubbard 62’), E Vatcky (H Geurts 76’)
Substitutions not used: V Zikas, M Martinez