Most girls soccer teams have the majority of their scoring handled by two or three players.
Bishop Carroll, on the other hand, attacks in waves. Results like Monday’s 5-0 victory over Trinity Academy tend to follow. The five goals came from five different players, as Carroll now has 13 different goal-scorers in its 6-1 start to the season.
“I think the special thing about our team is that everyone on the field is capable of scoring,” said sophomore Lauren Kerr, who scored Monday. “Everyone on the field gives 100 percent. It’s not just one player that is the only one who can score. It’s all of us.”
Defending that has been a difficult task, as Carroll has steamrolled to six straight victories and six straight shutouts since losing to Maize in overtime in the season-opener.
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Coach Greg Rauch credits the spread-out scoring as a reason why.
“I know it might hurt some of their chances with voting down the road since we don’t really have a dominant scorer,” Rauch said, referring to postseason honors. “But honestly, it’s really difficult to defend. You’ve got to pick your poison.”
On Monday, the goals came from Shelby Lopez, Jordan Smith, Meggie Maloney, Emily Woods, and Kerr. All but one came from further than 20 yards from goal.
The highlight was from Lopez, who broke the scoreless tie 26 minutes into the game by catching the keeper leaning left and beating Trinity’s Alex Bearup with a left-footed shot that snuck inside the right goal post from 25 yards away.
“You always picture it going in the side net,” Lopez said. “When it actually goes in there, that’s just picture perfect. It makes it even better that it was left-footed.”
Smith added a goal right before halftime to make the deficit 2-0, while Maloney essentially iced the game four minutes into the second half with a precision shot from 30 yards out that squeezed past Bearup’s left.
The loss — Trinity’s fourth in a row — has been part of a frustrating start for the defending Class 4-1A champions. This team is not close to the same product from last season, as 12 seniors and seven starters graduated from that squad.
Trinity isn’t used to having a 2-5 record midway through the season, but first-year coach Mark Brooks isn’t panicking.
“We knew it was going to be an uphill battle,” Brooks said. “We’re playing to get better for post-season. We’re 4A, so I have no problem playing 5A and 6A schools. I learn more from a game like tonight than I would playing (somebody else).”
For Carroll, it served as just the latest confidence boost for its scoring attack.
“We’re definitely beginning to piece it together a lot more,” Lopez said. “We’re starting to get connected more up top, and I think we’re feeding it really well right now and getting everybody involved.”
First half—Carroll, Lopez (Carron), Smith (Kerr). Second half—Carroll, Maloney (Rogers), Woods, Kerr. Shots—Trinity 0-2—2, Carroll 7-8—15. Saves—Trinity, Bearup 5-2—7; Carroll, Reichenberger 0-0—0, McCorry x-0—0.