MIDDLETOWN — Sophie Kucer and Brie Alves each scored hat tricks on Tuesday afternoon as the Middletown Mustangs overwhelmed the Clear Lake Cardinals 7-0 in a North Central League I girls soccer battle for first place at Middletown High School. Middletown (3-0 league, 7-3-1), the 11-time defending league champion, set the early tone and had the game well in hand by halftime with a 6-0 lead. “The whole defense was really solid,” Middletown coach Lamont Kucer said. “They (Cardinals) didn’t have many chances. We mopped up pretty much everything they tried to do.” Paige Astley drew the assignment for most of the game of covering Clear Lake’s best player and leading scorer on the season, senior Lexi Tejada. Middletown had no shortage of scoring opportunities in either half, according to Kucer, who said his team needs to do a better job of finishing as the season progresses. Kucer and Alves also had assists in the win while teammate Georgia Guerrero led the Mustangs with three assists. Middletown received solid play from junior forward and outside-mid Emily Maccario, according to Kucer. “She’s our most improved player,” Kucer said. “She’s really playing well right now and with a lot o...