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South Elgin blanks Dundee-Crown

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  • South Elgin's Talia Jaramillo maneuvers around Dundee-Crown's Julia Tabor in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

       South Elgin's Talia Jaramillo maneuvers around Dundee-Crown's Julia Tabor in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee-Crown's Brittney Gantz and South Elgin's Talia Jaramillo fight for possession of the ball in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

       Dundee-Crown's Brittney Gantz and South Elgin's Talia Jaramillo fight for possession of the ball in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee-Crown's Jordan Fryer and South Elgin's Cara Fahey battle for the ball in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

       Dundee-Crown's Jordan Fryer and South Elgin's Cara Fahey battle for the ball in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Dundee-Crown's Carson Bloch and South Elgin's Salina Siharath battle for control of the ball in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

       Dundee-Crown's Carson Bloch and South Elgin's Salina Siharath battle for control of the ball in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
By Brian Schaumburg
Daily Herald Correspondent

The South Elgin girls soccer team needed a spark Saturday following a sluggish opening 35 minutes.

Andrea Walsh provided the lift by scoring off a rebound with 4:54 remaining in the first half. The Storm added two goals in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over Dundee-Crown at Millennium Field during opening-day play of the South Elgin Tournament.

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"It was good to get one in then our morale definitely increased after that," Walsh, a senior midfielder, said. "It was a good chance to get going in the first half since we were a little slow this morning."

South Elgin (2-0-1) had a few scoring opportunities before the goal. Cara Fahey had a shot just over the crossbar. Alena Ignatev hit the crossbar. And D-C goalkeeper Isabel Miranda made 7 saves in the first half.

The Storm finally capitalized on a chance off a corner kick. South Elgin got off a shot in a crowd that was knocked off the goal line by a Chargers defender. The ball went right to Walsh, who finished to give the Storm a 1-0 lead.

"It took an extremely long time," South Elgin coach Tiffany Disher said. "The girls dropped their level of play this morning. I don't think their focus was there to start the game. They just needed to get in a groove before we finally started to get our passes to connect."

Delaney Kelleher made it 2-0 with 33:33 remaining in the second half. Fahey's shot from the top of the penalty area was saved by Miranda. The rebound went to Kelleher, who had an empty net to put the ball in. Fahey completed the scoring with 16:36 remaining.

Miranda, who is usually the Chargers' junior varsity goalkeeper, made 11 saves.

D-C (0-3) did not record a shot and rarely was able to keep possession in South Elgin's half of the field.

"We still trying to figure things out," Chargers coach Sebastian Falinski said. "We've got a good mix between a lot of veteran players returning and a lot of new faces so we're trying to find that mesh."

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