Saturday’s match against Evanston was a far cry from Friday’s tilt against Jackson for Kelly Walsh.
While the Trojans scored just once and hung on for the win over the Broncs a day earlier, there was no shortage of goals at Tom Staffileno Activity Complex on Saturday morning.
Sara Lamb scored twice and added an assist to lead five different Trojans in the scoring column as Kelly Walsh stayed perfect at 4-0 to start the season with a 7-0 win over Evanston.
Sophomore Nicole Klungness was one of the Trojans who got in on the scoring action. She beat the defense and the goalkeeper on a feed from Lamb in the 52nd minute, which started a spurt of three goals in two minutes for Kelly Walsh.
The match started with the home team as the aggressor and never dipped from there. Kelly Walsh held 90 percent of the possession against the Red Devils and did so, mostly, in the attacking third.
Sydnee Jensen found fellow senior Chelsea Thornburgh near the top of the box and the seasoned veteran buried it from 20 yards out in the 15th minute to start the scoring.
After a steady stream of attacks, Kylie Spangler tucked a through ball behind the Evanston back line, and Lamb was able to push it past the keeper.
Kelly Walsh led 2-0 at halftime in goals and 12-0 in shots. The Red Devils never did register a shot against the Trojans defense.
“We only have three in the back,” junior midfielder Abree Hill said, “and it’s amazing to see how those three can control the back.”
Hill scored the sixth goal, just 16 minutes after the streak of goals from Klungness, Lamb and Spangler.
Jensen, who plays both in the back and midfield, closes the scoring with a shot from nearly 30 yards out in the 75th minute.
With the defense playing so well, Katie Johnson was never tested or even unsettled in the box. Saturday’s game did go down in the books as a shutout for the freshman, which is what her teammates will remind her of to keep her confidence up.
The young Trojans have now outscored opponents 21-1 in the opening four games and will have over a week to prepare for the April 4 contest against Green River in what is Kelly Walsh’s first road game of the season.
Even with an unblemished start to the season, head coach Jerry Realing is keeping his team focused on getting better.
“We’ve got to play against ourselves and every time we step on the field we have to get better,” Realing said. “If you’re not getting better every time you step on the field you’re not going to be ready for the state tournament or regional tournament.
“When we came out today it wasn’t about Evanston. It was about Kelly Walsh. And if you’re willing to let down your teammates then we don’t want you here at Kelly Walsh. That’s the mindset we have and the girls came out and played with that mindset.”