Girls Soccer: Plainfield North puts it all together, routs Sandburg
Updated: March 24, 2012 5:21PM
Callie O’Donnell was ready for a game like this.
The Plainfield North senior forward and her team entered the season riding a wave of heightened expectations. She headlined a offensively-talented roster of nine returning starters from last year’s 17-3-1 breakout team.
In the early going, the team experienced growing pains coping with the burden of that increased attention.
O’Donnell personally broke out Saturday, scoring three goals and adding an assist as the No. 8 Tigers dominated Sandburg 6-1 in Orland Park.
A week after losing a 2-1 heartbreaker to No. 5 Naperville Central, the Tigers scored four goals in the first half to blitz the Eagles. “It was definitely the best game we’ve played so far this year,” Plainfield North coach Jane Crowe said.
“We’ve played well in stretches, and we’ve played well for a half, but this was our most focused and concentrated game as far as finishing our opportunities.”
Ashley Handwork started the onslaught with a goal in the opening moments.
O’Donnell took over from there. Her first goal was, according to her, “lucky, I think [there was] a miscommunication with their keeper.’’ She bent a corner kick into the Eagles’ net for the 2-0 lead. She followed the corner with another blast off a feed from Shayna Dheel and the rout was on as the Tigers (3-1-1) bolted to a 4-1 halftime lead.
“We know we’re a good team, but so far, we haven’t quite gotten the results for it,” O’Donnell said. “Against Naperville Central, we had high hopes and we started to feel it and they put two [goals] in that killed us.
“Today, everybody was on their game and today we showed we can play great as a team,” she said.
Senior midfielder Kelsey Gill added a goal and an assist for the Tigers. Ashley Auble, an NIU-recruit, also scored for the Tigers.
“We did have some high expectations going into this year, but we preach that it doesn’t matter what the results are in March,” Crowe said. “The goal is to get better every game, and today we definitely got better.”
Amanda Kester scored for the Eagles (1-1), who were playing without three injured starters. “It was a rough game for us,” Sandburg coach Desi Vuillaume said. “We are really young and our youth really showed today. We just didn’t have the motivation today.”