SHABBONA — Lady Hub sophomore forward Flor Becerra went far beyond scoring her first career varsity goal when the Rochelle girls soccer team faced Indian Creek on the road Tuesday evening.
Becerra and the Lady Hubs applied the pressure early, with the sophomore scoring two goals over the first six minutes of play (3-minute and 6-minute mark) to give Rochelle a 2-0 advantage. Although the Timberwolves battled back with two goals of their own, the Lady Hubs closed out the game with two unanswered goals to win 4-2 and improve to 2-2 overall.
“It was exciting to score my first three goals of the season,” Becerra said. “My teammates really helped me get through the early part of the game, and we were crashing their goal. I really want to communicate more this year, and I think I’ve improved a lot from last year. I think I can get more chances at the net playing forward.”
Becerra converted on an assist by senior forward Olivia Piloni in the third minute, and Becerra scored again off a pass from senior midfielder Sarah Craven in the sixth minute. Leading 2-0, Rochelle conceded two goals in the 10th and 14th minutes to Indian Creek, evening the match 2-2. But the Timberwolves were unable to keep Becerra away from the net, as the sophomore cashed in another Craven assist in the 40th minute to put the Lady Hubs up 3-2.
“I was so happy for Flor,” Piloni said. “I knew she belonged on varsity last year… I was happy to see her get the role she deserves this year, and it was amazing to watch her score.”
Both teams went over 30 minutes without scoring until Piloni found a chance in the 75th minute, converting on an unassisted goal to put Indian Creek out of reach. Rochelle topped Indian Creek 14-8 in shots on goal and 16-10 in total shots. Junior Kaitlynn Ost totaled six saves for the Lady Hubs.
“Coach [Brad] Male brings more of an attacking mind set than we’ve had in recent years,” Piloni said. “We’re switching from being more defensive to attacking more, and I think that’s helped so much… We’re pushing more girls who have a stronger foot up to the attacking group, and that’s helped so much.”