For The Tribune
Trinity Lutheran’s girl soccer team took 11 shots on goal in the first half and scored five of those shots, as they controlled possession with a strong attack against Milan on Saturday.
The Cougars took 19 shots on goal for the game, compared to Milan’s five, on goal for a 6-2 victory at home.
Trinity looked impressive from the start as they scored their first goal at the 5:30 mark, when Maddie Bell drilled her first of two goals into the net.
A short time later, Trinity scored again as Lucy Cooper found the back of the net at the 7:30 mark.
Freshman Maddie Roark went to work and scored her first of three goals at the 19th minute.
Roark has seven goals on the season, including two hat-tricks through four games.
Milan scored their only two goals later in the second half, as Trinity went into halftime with a comfortable 5-2 lead.
Cougars coach Jeff Nolting said he was pleased with his team’s play.
“The girls played a great game,” he said. “They were very unselfish. Seven players took shots on goal.”
Nolting said he was especially pleased with Roark and Bell, and Cooper’s first goal.
He also mentioned Piper Acton, who played her first game in goal.
“Piper Acton, I can’t say enough about her,” Nolting said. “This was her first game on goal. It was good experience for her. We are trying to work her into the flow.”
Acton had five saves for the day in net.
Roark scored her other two goals; one off a penalty kick and the other at the 49th minute for Trinity’s only second half goal.
The Maddie’s accounted for five of Trinity’s six goals as Maddie Bell scored her second goal at the 23rd minute of the first half.
“The girls are trying to distribute the ball around, which is going to make us a better team in the long run” said Nolting.
This is Milan and Trinity’s first year for girls soccer.
The Cougars (2-2) travel to face Oldenburg Academy on Tuesday.