Rosary forward Quincy Kellett scored four goals in the Royals’ 8-0 victory over visiting Yorkville on Wednesday, but all the freshman could talk about was her team’s defense and its fifth shutout of the season.
“It all starts with our defense, they’ve been playing really well lately,” said Kellett, who has scored seven goals this season. “Our defense was a big help in all of our goals today.”
Goalie Lauren Frasca recorded her fifth clean sheet in as many games. The Royals dominated possession of the ball and Yorkville only got off one shot in the game. Frasca’s lone save came with just 15 seconds left in the second half.
“We want to make it so that Frasca doesn’t have to touch the ball,” said Rosary coach Kristy Kane. “We have such strong defense and we play with the ball primarily on the other team’s end. Our defense is just really smart and doesn’t take chances.”
The Royals have yet to give up a goal this season, outscoring their opponents 16-0 over five games.
“My defense has been working so well, all the way from the new freshmen to the returning seniors,” said Frasca. “We connect so well on the back and we’ve just been so clean.”
Midfielder Molly Piech scored the Royals’ first goal eight minutes into the first half unassisted from ten yards out. The junior added another goal and an assist in the second half.
“Molly is playing much better as she goes on. She’s growing and her game is changing, and that’s awesome to see,” said Kane.
A perfect pass from midfielder Megan Fitzpatrick set up Kellett’s first goal of the game with five minutes left in the first half.
Rosary led 2-0 at halftime, and then broke through for six goals in the second half. Kellett and Piech accounted for six of the Royals’ eight goals while Alexandra Bode and Elizabeth Kelley each scored one goal for Rosary.
Frasca said the Royals were able to control the game with their smooth and accurate passing.
“We were passing it around very well. We just had a great flow from the defense to the midfield to the forwards,” said Frasca. “I thought we kept possession really well and made it easy on ourselves.”
I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times, Aurora Beacon and yourseason.com. It appears here.