By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 3/22/2016 11:48 PM

Scoring goals had been missing from Stevenson's girls soccer team in the opening couple weeks of the season.

The Patriots scored just one goal in three games.

 

Everything changed quickly on Tuesday night, however, as Julie Steinbrink scored twice and assisted on another, as the Patriots blanked visiting St. Ignatius 4-0 in a nonconference match in Lincolnshire.

Mackenzie Connington and Rachel Aranyi also knocked in goals.

"It's nice that the girls are starting to jell and starting to score," Stevenson coach Kevin Heffernan said. "It was talked about before the game that we had to put two halves together. That was the main thing because we haven't done that. It was more important to get two solid halves in. We worked on pushing up in numbers, which we hadn't done in the three previous games."

The Patriots (1-3) scored two goals in the opening five minutes. First, Steinbrink scored on the run, taking a pass from Van Zanten in the second minute of play.

Then, Steinbrink redirected a Savannah Kruse corner kick with a header. Connington finished into the corner for a 2-0 advantage three minutes later.

Steinbrink added her second goal in the 20th minute off a service from Daniela Adjunta. She beat two defenders and placed the ball into the lower corner for a 3-0 lead.

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"I really love attacking. That's my favorite thing to do off the ball," Steinbrink said. "We knew coming into the game that we had the opportunity to score and build up with the offense more than the other games. We worked on it in practice (Monday) and it paid off."

The Patriots added an insurance goal from Aranyi in the 56th minute off an assist from Hannah Lapeire.

Stevenson keeper Hannah Petrich earned her first shutout, as she made 2 saves, in helping drop St. Ignatius to 0-3.

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