ROCHELLE — Senior defender Lucy Monroy had a chance to show her talents on the offensive end when the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity soccer team hosted Oregon on Wednesday.
With a substitution moving Monroy into the midfield, the senior successfully converted her first goal of the season, maneuvering around an Oregon defender and launching a long-range shot from outside the Hawk penalty box that soared over the head of the Oregon goalkeeper. Monroy was one of five Lady Hubs who scored at least one goal in the team’s 6-1 win over the Hawks.
“It was a huge confidence booster for me,” Monroy said. “I’ve always been able to move the ball up the field, but I haven’t had the confidence to take the shot. I feel like our communication has been a lot better over the last few matches. We struggled with our communication earlier in the season, but I think we’ve improved a lot and I think we still have room to improve there.”
Monroy’s unassisted goal gave Rochelle (8-9, 4-2 Interstate 8) a 1-0 lead during the 32nd minute. The Lady Hubs, who outshot the Hawks 36-10 and 27-8 in shots on goal, continued to pressure the Oregon defense toward the end of the second half. Rochelle surged ahead 2-0 in the 36th minute, when junior Mavi Avila’s corner kick found senior Madison Ost, who positioned herself in front of the left goalpost and tapped the ball into the left side of the Oregon net.
“We’re making a lot more outlet passes and we’re giving ourselves more 2-on-1 situations at the net,” Ost said. “We’ve gotten more comfortable playing as a team as the season has gone on and we’re reading each other better. I think we’re improving in every practice and every match.”
Leading 2-0 after halftime, Rochelle began pulling away from the Hawks midway through the second half, when freshman Makayla Lara converted two goals in the 48th and 69th minutes to double the Lady Hub advantage. Oregon avoided the shutout with a goal during the 77th minute, but Rochelle sealed the nonconference win with back-to-back goals from sophomore Sydney Thorne in the 78th minute and Avila on an assist from Lara in the 80th minute.
“We’re getting more touches on the ball and our experience has been helping us a lot,” Ost said. “I think we have a real chance to make a run in the regional tournament. We cannot get in our heads and we have to continue communicating. We have to play our game and not theirs.”