Calli Tomko is the only senior on Lisle's girls soccer team, but she doesn't feel lonely.
The Wisconsin Lutheran recruit is surrounded by young talent on the way up.
"I think it's good because our team has a lot of potential and we're just now starting to learn to connect with each other," Tomko said. "So it's really great just to play with a young bunch that's still learning."
Tomko, a four-year starting midfielder, scored 2 goals on Monday, as did sophomore forward Alexa Fasone, to lead the host Lions to a 6-0 victory over Timothy Christian at Wilde Field in Lisle.
Freshman Hana Kinney and sophomore McKenzie Weaver also found the back of the net for Lisle (1-1), which overwhelmed Timothy with a great possession game, which led to a 30-1 shot advantage.
"We've really been working hard on possession and one- and two-touch passing," Lisle coach Paul Kohorn said. "We've already noticed in our first two games that when we can take the time to look up before the ball gets there, and then we do the one- or two-touch passes, it's amazing what can happen.
"When we don't do that, we lose a little of what's going on and the other team gets advantage. (Based on Monday), that's going to be good going forward."
Indeed, the Lions exhausted the Trojans (0-1) by dominating the possession. The ability to wear opponents out will be crucial for Lisle, which has only 15 players.
The Lions already have shown great improvement from their 3-2 loss to St. Edward last week.
"We did really good at connecting with each other this game," Tomko said. "We started to learn how everyone plays together."
They also learned that goals can come from anywhere. Kinney, the starting left back, got the party started by scoring on a 40-yard shot just 4:26 into the game.
"That was awesome," Tomko said. "She did really good. She's been working on her kick and to see that is a great improvement."
Timothy stayed within 1-0 until Weaver scored with 5:32 left in the first half to end a four-shot sequence that saw Fasone denied on three rapid-fire shots.
Fasone's first shot was blocked by charging Trojans goalie Shayna Smits. The second one hit the post and a defender cleared the third off the line, only to see Weaver convert on the rebound.
Tomko got the next two goals, including a penalty kick, to extend the lead to 4-0. Fasone had the last two, completing the scoring with 38 seconds left. That gives the converted midfielder 4 goals in two games.
"It's my first year playing forward," Fasone said. "Coach is teaching me as much as he can and I'm learning (from) videos online and I want to teach the other two forwards, too."
Timothy Christian will be doing a lot of learning this spring, too.
"They had a lot of skill, a lot more skill than we were showing," said Timothy coach Jon Hamelinck, who was pleased with the play of defenders Heather Kocol and Alison Zeilstra. "But it was a learning experience. A lot of the girls are pretty green, pretty new to soccer in general. It will be good to have a focused practice after this."