Weiner, Stevenson find the range against Deerfield
Jenna Weiner had her hand in a revitalized Stevenson offense — by way of her foot.
The Miami (Ohio)-bound Weiner contributed on four of six Patriots goals as Stevenson handled Deerfield 6-1 Friday in a consolation bracket match of the Pepsi Showdown.
Weiner scored a goal and assisted on three others — each of them set pieces.
"I've never had that many assists in a game," said Weiner, who has 6 goals and 5 assists through 7 games. "It's all a team effort. We did a good job finishing our chances.
"I do like shooting outside of the box. That's one of my strengths. If I get free kicks from anywhere 30 yards out, I'll take those. Basically any free kicks or corner kicks."
Weiner scored a goal from within her considerable range, on a free kick from the 30-yard area which she placed under the crossbar.
On another Weiner free kick sent from the left side outside the penalty area, teammate Carolyn Briggs found the back of the net.
The other two goals assisted by Weiner were on corner kicks, finished by headers from Anne Geocaris and Megan Petrick.
Haley Green and Elise Tokars had the other goals for Stevenson (3-3-1).
The Patriots have won three of their last four games while outscoring their opponents 14-3. A day off may have helped keep Stevenson fresh.
"I gave the team (Thursday) off for the first time this year — I'm thinking of not practicing the rest of the year," joked Stevenson coach Mark Schartner.
"I'm not sure how all of this happened. This was the best we've played all year. We've gone through so many offensive corrections; it's now starting to transfer into games."
Deerfield (6-3) didn't have many answers for Stevenson's powerful attack.
"We just didn't do what we're supposed to do," Deerfield coach Rich Grady said. "We knew that (Stevenson) was dangerous on set pieces. We just gave away way to many sets."
Next up for Stevenson is Jacobs at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.
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