Girls Soccer: Carolyn Richards’ hat trick ignites Chicago Christian win
Updated: April 12, 2012 10:55PM
Chicago Christian’s seesaw season continued Thursday, this time on an upswing.
The host Knights got a hat trick from senior striker Carolyn Richards and routed Guerin 4-0 in Suburban Christian Conference action in Palos Heights.
Chicago Christian (3-4-1, 2-2-1) had been blown out in its last two matches 8-0 by Nazareth and 6-0 by Rosary on Tuesday, but bounced back in fine fashion by completely dominating Guerin.
“It’s always tough [getting blown out],” Chicago Christian coach Trevor Schans said. “It’s always easier to win than it is to lose but we talked after the last game that we just have to get better every day
“Even after our last game we came over the sidelines, we had a couple of laughs and you move forward. You want to learn from the losses but it’s stupid to carry the losses [with you]. If you’re constantly thinking about the last game then you’re not able to move forward, so we did a good job of that today.”
The Knights pressured the Gators (5-5-1, 0-4) from the start and wound up outshooting the visitors 35-5. But they didn’t dent the net until the 23:45 mark of the first half when senior Katie Voss fired in a 22-yard shot.
Richards, who earlier had hit the crossbar with a 25-yard drive, made it 2-0 with 3:55 left before intermission when she turned quickly and sent a left-footed shot from 15 yards out into the lower right corner of the net.
Chicago Christian was in complete control after that, as Richards added two more goals within in a four-minute span midway through the second half. The first was another left-footed blast from 22 yards and the second was a chip shot with her right foot from the same distance.
The Knights easily could have scored many more goals but narrowly missed a dozen shots and had eight others saved by Guerin goalie Daisy Miranda. Still, it was their best effort of the season.
“I would say so,” said Richards, a Florida Gulf Coast recruit who is her school’s first Division I player. “I think that the girls came out with a lot of intensity. They came to play today and they came to win and they got it done.”
The match continued a pattern that has seen the Knights either win by big margins or lose by lopsided scores. Only two matches have been decided by less than four goals. Their other wins have been 9-0 over Oak Lawn and 5-1 over Immaculate Conception. They’ve also lost 4-0 to Shepard.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the skill of the other teams that we’re playing,” Richards said. “Some of it might be that we have to fight a little bit harder in those end minutes of those close games, but I think our girls do give a lot and I think it will come.
“I think that a lot of times when we fall down, what usually [happens] is we get together and we decide as a team that we’re going to come out today. We’re going to work and we’re going to show people that those other games weren’t how they should have ended up, that we were better than what we put out there the other day.”
Becca Hook made three saves to record her second shutout for Chicago Christian, which opens play against T.F. South Friday in the Reavis Tournament.