Illinois State University soccer’s junior midfielder Abby Basler scored a hat trick and her first three goals of the season in a big 5-0 win at North Florida.

The ’Birds won by a score of 5-0 and improved to 5-4 on the season. North Florida fell to 4-3-1.

ISU head coach Brad Silvey was pleased with the team’s overall performance.

"Tonight was a complete team performance," he said. "Everyone contributed and did their job, which earned an incredible road result. Just incredibly proud of our team mentality to commit to the game plan and execute in such a fierce fashion.”

Basler scored her first goal of the season in the 11th minute.

Redshirt sophomore forward Sarah Lafayette also scored for the first time this year in the 24th minute.

The onslaught continued with a second goal from Basler in the 32nd minute (McArthur).

Senior forward Alix McArthur scored in the 58th minute and assisted Basler in completing her hat trick in the 60th minute.

The defense cannot be ignored however, and Silvey credited many players for Friday’s shutout.

"It was a massive team effort to secure the shutout," he said. "Ashley Santos, Megan McEachern, Alissa Ramsden and Smith were hard-nosed in their defending and very sharp in their distributing."

Illinois State will play Stetson on Sunday in Deland, Florida.

MATT KALINOWSKI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @mattkalinowski8

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