Girls soccer: Huntley dominates Dundee-Crown

 
By Dave Hess
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 4/2/2019 10:12 PM

Offensive onslaught.

Those two words aptly describe Huntley High School's offensive effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Struggling to score goals early in the 2019 season, the Red Raiders offense busted out with 7 goals in posting a 7-0 Fox Valley Conference win over Dundee-Crown in Huntley Tuesday night.

"We have really struggled offensively," said Huntley coach Matt Lewandowski. "We have really focused on creating scoring opportunities and our offense coming into this game. I like the way we created chances and opportunities the whole game tonight. We wanted to send a message tonight that we can score goals. Defensively, we played well and are very organized."

Huntley (2-3-2, 1-1), which outshot D-C (2-3, 0-1) 17-1, received 2 goals and 2 assists from Avery Fitzgerald.

"We have had trouble scoring all season long so it was important to score early and play with the lead," said Fitzgerald. "We wanted to set the tone with the first goal and get the momentum. It was a good night for our team."

Alyssa Xanos tallied 2 goals with an assist for the winners.

"It was so important for our mental state to score the first goal," said Xanos. "Coach was really pushing us to score early and get quality shots. It was a good team effort for the entire game."

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Only 4:01 had elapsed in the game when the Red Raiders got on the scoreboard on an unassisted goal by Taylor Kaufman.

Huntley kept the offensive pressure on with 2 more goals in the first half by Xanos (Savannah Zoellner assist) and Fitzgerald (Emma Vasconez assist).

Huntley, which outshot D-C 10-0 during the first 40 minutes, led 3-0 at intermission.

The Red Raiders added 4 insurance goals in the second half from Zoellner, Xanos. Fitzgerald and Madison Gough.

"We have a team full of players capable of scoring goals," said Lewandowski. "We as a team created a lot of shots. It was a good offensive effort. It was nice breakout game for us offensively."

D-C, who played without senior goalkeeper Diana Santillan-Ceja (concussion) and freshman forward Berkley Mensik (torn ACL), managed only 1 shot on goal on Huntley goalie Jenna Franklin, who made the save in registering a shutout.

"We need to fill in the spaces in trying to replace our injured players," said D-C coach Sebastian Falinski. "They are both key players for us. They got the momentum early and kept it going the entire match. We played like we are still on spring break from last week."

Sophomore Reyna Duron collected 10 saves for the Chargers.

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