Tammy Syron and Taylor Von Thournout each scored twice and St. Francis rolled past Montini 5-1 during Thursday's Suburban Christian Conference match in Lombard.
St. Francis (2-4-1, 2-1-0) wasted no time in jumping on the host Broncos, scoring twice in the first half on corner kicks from Regan Kasprak.
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Syron and then Van Thournout were the beneficiaries of Kasprak's fine touch.
"We have been working on them a lot, as well as other set pieces," Syron said. "I think we finally got in the rhythm. I got a good cross and just had to finish it."
Montini (3-7-0, 1-3-0) got its lone goal of the evening when junior Jordan Bruscianelli was able to find Kelsey McHugh, but the Spartans added another goal from Syron to take a comfortable 3-1 lead at the half.
"We've been working a lot on possession stuff and set pieces and I think it's starting to show," Syron said. "We're starting to figure things out and it's all coming together now."
The Spartans continued to control possession through the second half and the Broncos really didn't have any serious scoring threats over the final 40 minutes.
"We still have a player out, so tonight was really as close as we've been to putting our full team out there," Montini coach Sue Brown said. "We're a work in progress still, but we're doing a good job. They played a great game tonight and are improving everyday."
Kasprak collected her third assist of the afternoon less than five minutes into the second half as she connected with Andrea Ravlin. The Spartans cruised the rest of the way. They had several other shots on goal, including their final successful one, coming from the right foot of Van Thournout with just under 15 minutes remaining.
"At practice this week we worked really hard on getting the ball to each other," Van Thornout said. "We had a rough start to the season with some people out sick and injured, but we're starting to look up now that we've got everyone back and have had a chance to play and practice."
With a comfortable lead in the second half, the Spartans continued to focus on their possession game.
"It really helps because we know where to pass the ball and we can see where we're making mistakes," Van Thournout said. "Earlier this season we made mistakes that cost us some games, so we're always trying to improve so we don't make those same mistakes."