That’s a good description of the undefeated Pekin girls soccer team’s 5-0 win Thursday over visiting Rock Island at Coal Miners Park. It was the Dragons’ third straight victory, all against non-conference foes.
“We played much better than Tuesday,” said Dragons coach Edgar Sandoval, referring to Pekin’s 5-2 win that day over Bloomington.
“Everything came together (against Rock Island),” Sandoval said. “Except for the first 10 minutes of the second half against Normal West (in a 4-1 Pekin win), it was the best we’ve played all season.
“We’d been struggling with our transition from front to back, but we were much better (against Rock Island). We were more focused, and we played with intensity and purpose. We were dialed in.”
Sandoval said the Dragons also moved well off the ball against the Rocks (0-2).
“That allowed us to create a lot of chances,” he said.
The Dragons took 23 shots Thursday and five players scored: Tyranie Cox, Diana Beecham, McKenzie Cupi, Morgan Haynes and Maddy Cash. Allie Scally had two assists. Cash, Alex Bassen, Haynes and Natalie Johnson each had an assist.
“It was good to see the scoring spread around,” Sandoval said.
Pekin goalies Paige Smith and Alison McCabe split the time in the nets and shared the shutout. They combined for seven saves.
“Our goalies were tested,” Sandoval said.
Haynes, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal in Pekin’s win over Bloomington. Allie Scally scored twice and Cox and Tayler Scally had the other Pekin goals.
Cash had a pair of assists. Allie Scally and Bassen each had an assist. Smith and McCabe once again were the goalies.
NEXT: Pekin at Dunlap, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Mid-Illini Conference opener).
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