Girls Soccer: Shepard storms past Eisenhower
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 14, 2014 8:34PM
Updated: April 14, 2014 9:57PM
With 10 starters returning from last season’s South Suburban Red champion, Shepard knows it has one big advantage: familiarity.
“It’s good when you play with your best friends,” junior Kelly Evancich said. “We’re all connecting with each other and we know how everyone on the team plays. I’m really proud of the way we’re playing this season.”
Another thing the Astros have going for them is a multitude of offensive weapons. Evancich, Tiffani Kotas and Aubrey Quick, among others, all are capable of scoring in bunches.
Shepard’s firepower was on full display on a snowy Monday in Blue Island as Evancich and Kotas each scored twice in a 5-2 South Suburban Red win over Eisenhower.
“Our midfield is doing a really good job, and we have forwards capable of finishing,” Shepard coach Scott Wilkins said. “Everyone is on the same page and they know what we want to do.”
Jenny Kempczynski added a goal and two assists for the Astros (6-3-1, 3-1).
Julia Schultz and Yesenia Perez scored for Eisenhower (3-5, 1-3).
Kempczynski got Shepard on the board in the 17th minute, collecting a loose ball in the middle of the field just outside the box and scoring on a high shot.
Schultz answered three minutes later, beating a pair of defenders with a nifty move into the box and finishing.
Shepard, though, scored three more times in the first half.
“It helped that we had the winds at our back and didn’t have snow blowing right in our face,” Wilkins said. “We got a break there.”
After Evancich scored following a scramble in the box, Kotas found the net off a Kempczynski cross just 33 seconds later for a 3-1 lead with 10:22 left in the half.
“I couldn’t have scored without her cross,” Kotas said. “I was in the right place at the right time. We have forwards like (Kempczynski) who are willing to go all the way and attack and that helps us out a lot.”
Kotas scored off a rebound in the second half and Perez added a goal for the Cardinals off a corner kick.