Waubonsie Valley used an abbreviated second half to work strictly on possession, even passing up potential shots in breezing to a shutout win in Tuesday’s Class 3A Naperville Central Regional opener.
The passing drill was finally interrupted with eight minutes remaining when Waubonsie Valley reserve Lauren Tarapchak had a hole ripped in the back of her jersey to earn a penalty kick. The senior’s conversion capped a 9-0 victory over Romeoville.
The Warriors (18-1-3) — ranked No. 1 for the third straight week in the Sun-Times ratings — lived up to its No. 1 seed for the Naperville North Sectional by scoring on each of their first five shots.
“It’s always nice to contribute to a victory and to take advantage of an opportunity,” Tarapchak said of her first goal of the year.
Starter Emma Rigby and Erin Morgan teamed up for their seventh shared shutout and the 11th of the season for the Warriors — a fact that pleased senior defender Rachel Brots.
“Ask any keeper or defender and they’ll tell you they want to win, but getting a second is second,” said Brots, a quad-captain. “Ball possession is something we can always improve and we did that. We know we’ve got a target on our back, so we always focus just on the game in front of us.”
That’s something Waubonsie Valley has done well since a season-opening 2-1 road loss to Lyons. The Warriors now have a 14-game win streak as part of an unbeaten string that has reached 21.
Cici Gazder got things started with a stellar cross that Kristen Dodson finished from five yards out just 1:18 into the first half. Thirty six seconds later, Dodson set up Mackenzie Fuller and two minutes after that, Dodson earned her 20th goal.
Maggie Roe, Jori Romano, Emmerson Fuller, Gazder and Callie Vitro added goals to build an 8-0 halftime lead.
Romeoville (3-20) was unable to register a shot of any sort in being shut out for the 15th time.