ROCK ISLAND — A couple of early mistakes for the Moline girls' soccer team gave the Maroons a bit of a wake up call on Monday.|
That was because Rock Island pulled ahead early in the Western Big 6 Conference showdown when Grace Sigler scored for the Rocks in the 10th minute.
Moline rebounded with some great on-ball skills and six unanswered goals for the 6-1 win over Rock Island in league action.
"I thought they did a nice job the first 15 minutes," said Moline coach Rick Sanchez. "We came out flat and made a couple early mistakes. We can't make those mistakes in certain parts of the field. That goal we gave up kind of woke us up a little bit and we began to play."
The Maroons (5-1, 2-0 WB6) tied the game at 1-all with a beautiful through ball from Katie Stewart to Hannah Navarrete in the 17th minute.
"They're very aggressive and get to the ball real quickly," said Rock Island coach Conan Dalton. "They played very clean, but they are still more physical than us so far this season."
Moline took the lead for good in the 29th minute. That was off the boot of sophomore Jamie Althiser, who played her way to a hat-trick with three goals. She scored again in the 53rd and the Maroons' final goal in the 61st.
"We've got a pretty balanced group of kids," said Sanchez, who saw three different Maroons score on Monday.
Stewart tacked onto the Moline lead in the 30th to complete a two-point night for herself.
Navarrete scored once again in the 57th for Moline on an assist from Melissa Freyman.
Even after some adjustments at halftime, Rock Island (2-3-1, 0-2 WB6) still couldn't keep up with the aggressive Maroons.
"I give a lot of credit to the way (coach Sanchez) coaches," said Dalton. "He makes sure that they get to the ball very quickly, it's impressive to watch.
"We need to be aggressive — a lot more aggressive getting to the ball. We had chances to move the ball down the field and get it into the final third (of the field), and then it would just stall out."
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