The goals came one after another, fast and furious. By the time, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania freshman forward and business major Stephanie Anderson, a Coatesville High School alumnus, finished her incredible assault on the goal, she had permanently etched her name into the school's record books - in just one amazing week.Playing in her first career collegiate contest, Anderson scored a school-record five goals to lead Lincoln to a 6-2 victory over Trinity (D.C.) University on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008. Anderson finished the week by scoring three goals in Lincoln's 7-0 victory over Gallaudet on Sunday afternoon. In the process, the affable Anderson broke the Lincoln single season goal-scoring mark of seven. Anderson scored eight goals in leading Lincoln to a 2-1 week.
"I knew coming into the season I was going to play my hardest, but I never expected to break any records," said Anderson. "I am happy that I've been able to help the team."
Against Trinity, Anderson finished one goal shy of tying Peter Jarbo's 2006 soccer record (men or women) for most goals in a single game by a Lincoln student-athlete. Lincoln is in the process of transitioning from Division III to Division II.
"I never in my wildest dreams expected my first college contest to go like this," Anderson said. "I am speechless. That's a lot to take in right now. I am sure that the record will sink in later, but I am just happy we got the victory."
Anderson's effort also helped the Lincoln women rewrite the school record book. The Lady Lions established a program mark for most goals in a game and largest margin of victory. For a Lady Lion program that has been in existence since 2002, this was a week to remember for fifth year coach Francine Taylor and her team.
Anderson wasn't the only contributor during the Lady Lions memorable week. Junior Antonia Jones netted two goals against Gallaudet. Sophomore Shaynita Blanchard quietly scored a goal in all three of Lincoln's games last week, including a penalty-kick tally against Lancaster Bible in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss last Thursday. Blanchard also had an assist on one of Anderson's goals against Gallaudet.
Senior Collene Cumberbatch recorded her first career assist against Gallaudet and goalies Tanina Cook and Brittany Johnson combined for the shutout. Junior Adaeze Chikwem, also an OAHS grad, had an assist for Lincoln in the win over Gallaudet.
But the week belonged to Anderson.
Anderson began her record-setting performance against Trinity with an innocent goal in the fifth minute. She was in the right place at the right time-after the Trinity goalie slipped coming out to stop the ball - to tap home the ball into the open net.
Amazingly, Anderson's next four goals were scored during a breathtakingly beautiful 10-minute burst that bridged the first and second halves.
She scored her second goal off of a nice cross from teammate Tia Redden in the 40th minute. Her third goal was a result of hard work and determination as she pounced on a loose ball in front of the net and kicked it in the net with 23 seconds remaining in the first half. Making that goal special was the assist was from her sister, Danisha, a junior.
"It reminded me of old times," said Anderson whom started playing soccer when she was 5. "We always work well together and it was good playing with her. In high school, I ran track, but then I joined the soccer team (in 11th grade) and I realized how much I missed it. I was just excited to play today."
Anderson, who wants to open her own business when she receives her degree, began the second half by rifling a blast into the upper left corner in the 46th minute. She took the shot from 16 yards out. Her fifth and final goal in the 49th minute was a carbon copy of the fourth goal.