ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles posted their fifth straight shutout — all Three Rivers Conference victories — on Monday with a 4-0 whitewashing of visiting Whiteville.
Patience Ward led the East Bladen offensive attack with a trio of goals, while Ashley Hardin had 20 steals on defense.
The two rivals battled back and forth for about three-quarters of the first half before Katie Evans’ corner kick found Hardin, who booted home the Lady Eagles’ first goal of the match.
Just a handful of minutes later, Ward scored her first goal and gave East Bladen a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.
The Lady Eagles didn’t waste much time in the second half, getting a goal from Ward after she took a pass from Kenia Medina to give East Bladen a 3-0 lead.
Scoring chances went back and forth through the next 25 minutes of play before Ward found the back of the net with her hat-trick goal.
East Bladen outshot the Lady Wolfpack by a 20-10 margin, and Lady Eagles’ netminder Ting Lin was credited with six saves.
Aside from Wards’ three goals and Hardin’s 20 steals, East Bladen got two assists and 14 steals from Evans; an assist and 13 steals from Medina; an assist from Hannah Devane; 17 steals from Sara Gargala; and 10 steals from Gracyn Martin.
In Lake Waccamaw on Monday, the visiting Knights could manage just a single win and dropped an 8-1 decision to East Columbus.
Logan Lewis battled through three sets for West Bladen to pick up the lone victory — a 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 tiebreaker at No. 5 singles.