SYCAMORE – After beating Glenbard South last Thursday, the Sycamore girls’ soccer team wanted to continue that winning momentum heading into Tuesday’s match against Sterling.
Katherine Kohler’s second hat trick in as many games sparked the Spartans’ attack as Sycamore beat the Golden Warriors, 7-0, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 matchup.
“My teammates helped me out. They played some really good balls,” Kohler said. “I thought we played really well tonight. We had really good ball movement and we made some good runs.”
Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer was pleased with his team’s performance.
“The scoreboard says that we played fairly good, but even if the scoreboard is lying, we had a great product on the field,” Lichamer said. “Not just in this game but the previous game also, we were really passing the ball nicely. Really staying true to what our game plan is.”
The Spartans (3-1) wasted no time getting goals on the scoreboard. In the opening minute, Alyssa Hemmerich pulled a ball back in the box to a streaking Amy Schroeder. Schroeder calmly slotted home the shot to make the score the first goal.
Kohler scored two goals in the first half and Sycamore led 3-0 at halftime. The Spartans were maintaining possession throughout the half and Sterling (0-2) rarely threatened.
“(Sterling) struggled getting the ball up field. Credit to the defense. We worked really well out of the back,” Lichamer said. “I saw some nice runs from the outside defenders and the distribution was a total team effort.”
In the second half, Kohler completed her hat trick in the 47th minute with a left-footed shot that curled to the far post. Hemmerich added two more goals for Sycamore, including a 25-yard strike late in the half. Emma Stice rounded out the scoring with a goal 12 minutes from the end of the game.
“We have been working on (possession) in practice and it really showed on the field. So, that was good,” Kohler said. “We are going to work on possession a lot more and trying to finish goals. I thought we did well tonight finishing, but we are going to work on that some more.”