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Eleven different players have scored goals for the Evanston girls soccer team so far this year.
Eight different players have been credited with assists.
The Wildkits may still be a work in progress in the early stages of the 2021 season, but it’s certainly fair to say that the offense is ahead of the defense.
Playing the beautiful game the way it should be played, unbeaten ETHS has outscored four opponents by a 27-4 margin, including Wednesday’s 5-0 road win amidst snow flurries in Deerfield.
Coach Stacy Salgado’s squad scored all five goals in the second half of the Central Suburban League crossover game on Wednesday as junior forward Breayln Viamille earned three assists and scored a goal in an explosive 40-minute stretch for the winners.
No team has held the Wildkits to fewer than three goals and they’re making it look easy in a sport where goals are celebrated — sometimes to the extreme — because they’re so difficult to get.
Nahla Dominguez found the back of the net on a free kick from the 30-yard line, her shot bouncing past goalie Isabella Davila, and that tally just 68 seconds into the second half triggered the second-half explosion.
Next up was sophomore Adriana Merriam, who scored when Davila caught but couldn’t control her rocket shot and the ball trickled past the goal line in the 49th minute. ETHS added goals by Nadia Van Den Berg and Viamille, both in the 72nd minute, and by Shea Ackman (77th minute) to complete the rout.
Evanston put 11 shots on goal in the first half, but most of them were soft touches that didn’t challenge Davila and that led to a 0-0 deadlock as the snow flew at halftime.
“At halftime we talked about how we weren’t shooting from the right spots, so we weren’t playing to our strengths,” Coach Salgado said. “The first five minutes of the second half were really important because we were out of our game in the first half. We told them keep taking the hard shots, because the chances will come.
“We have a number of players with goals and a number with assists so far, and the really great thing about that is we don’t have to rely on just one person to finish. It’s so refreshing for a coach to watch them work off of each other, and work together.
“So far we’ve scored off set pieces and during [regular] play, too. They’re all hungry to score and that’s a real advantage for us. The scoring has been so evenly distributed and the girls are really buying into what we’re trying to do. We’re still continuing to figure out our strengths, and we still have a long way to go.”