It was simply a matter of offensive aggressiveness resulting in scoring opportunities and goals.
That was Cary Grove's recipe for success in the Trojans' 5-1 Fox Valley Conference soccer win over Jacobs Tuesday night at Cary-Grove's Al Bohrer Field.
"We played with so much confidence and we played together," said Cary-Grove coach Ray Krystal. "When we play like that good things happen."
Cary-Grove (7-4-1), which outshot Jacobs (6-9-1, 2-3) 12-6, finally got on the scoreboard when Monica Weber scored off a perfect feed from Brittany Loehner with 23:16 remaining in the first half. That was the score at halftime.
The Trojans didn't waste any time scoring in the second half. Emerging from a pile in front of the net, Weber scored her second goal of the night with only 34 seconds elapsed to give Cary-Grove a 2-0 advantage.
The visiting Golden Eagles scored their first goal of the evening when Northern Illinois University-bound senior Margaret Rivera scored on a free kick from 20 yards out to make the score 2-1 with 36:41 left in the contest.
Jacobs had three golden opportunities to tie the match, but couldn't convert any of them into goals.
With 20:21 left in the game, Jacobs sophomore midfielder Bailey Adams broke through the Cary-Grove defense and rifled a 10-yard shot on goal, but the shot hit the top of the goal post.
With 16 minutes left, Rivera had a 30-yard free kick which sailed over the net. Jacobs' third scoring chance came with 15:03 left on a shot by Dani Blanchard which went wide of the net.
Thwarting Jacobs' scoring chances, the Trojans seized control of the game by tallying the final 3 goals during the final 14 minutes of the game.
Genna Sobieszyczyk, Kate Boyd and Michelle Kalenda all scored as the Trojans posted a 4-goal-win.
"It was a good win for us," said Weber. "It was nice to help the team win. I was in the right place at the right time on the two goals. We feel good going into the tournament next week."
Jacobs goalie Ellie Samin turned back 7 Cary-Grove shots while Trojan goalie Krystal Felderman registered 3 saves.
"They are a dangerous team with a lot of talent," said Jacobs coach AJ Cappello. "They were rewarded and took advantage of their good chances. The game is unforgiving when you don't take advantage of opportunities. We need to be more consistent."