LEXINGTON, Kentucky -- When it rains, it pours -- literally and figuratively.
Erica Campbell broke a scoreless tie in the 66th minute, opening the floodgates for the Heidelberg University women's soccer team. In total, the Student Princes scored four times in the final 25 minutes in a 4-0 win over host Transylvania University.
Campbell tallied a hat trick and picked up an assist in the season-opening win, which was delayed by lightning and a downpour for more than an hour. Heidelberg moved to 1-0 while Transy fell to 0-1.
After a scoreless first half, Amanda Kilway sent an arcing ball into the penalty area. Campbell corralled it, pivoted and right-footed a shot past the Pioneers goalkeeper.
In the 68th minute, Campbell picked up a loose ball and drove past several defenders on the right wing before centering the ball for Kilway, who dispatched her first goal of the season amongst a crowded six-yard box.
With the hosts pressing, Campbell found the back of the net once again in the 80th minute. She ran on to a long ball played from the midfield and dropped it behind keeper Morgan Patton, who had charged off her line.
Campbell netted her third goal in the game's waning moments. She ran onto a pass by Amanda Nething, took a touch and beat Patton yet again with a strike to the top left corner of the goal.
The Pioneers had chances, especially early in the first half. Senior goalkeeper Alexandra Farmer made three saves. McKenzie Perry led an organized defensive front for The Berg while Maddy Hines shut down Transy's top target, Ashley Chindo.
The Student Princes outshot Transy, 8-3.
When asked about the team's first win of the season, head coach Nick Spell said: "This was a great start to our season. We played well as a team tonight and that really made the difference. Transylvania is a good team who challenged our girls to solve the problems...our defense stepped up to lead us to our first clean sheet of the season."
Heidelberg hosts Wooster on Sunday for a 2 p.m. match at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.