Senior Dayle McEwen scored off a corner kick from Andrea Frerker to open the scoring just 71 seconds into the game, and Emily Holten beat Althoff goalie Rachel Monken six minutes later, as Collinsville raced out to a quick lead and past Althoff 6-1 in a nonconference soccer game at Collinsville High School.
Spectacular all night against the Kahoks’ offensive attack, Monken made a diving save in the opening 30 seconds of the game. But when Frerker hit a corner kick, which McEwen timed perfectly for the first goal, the rout was on.
Holten then tallied with 7 minutes, 11 seconds gone in the opening half, and Courtney Marten added her first goal of the night — and the Kahoks’ third of the game — with 3:04 left in the first half. The Kahoks tallied three goals in the second half and improved to 13-5-1 for the season. Althoff falls to 11-7-1.
While the Frerker-McEwen combination gave Collinsville a 1-0 lead, the Kahoks’ second goal set the tone for the night.
Senior Alynnah O’Leary collected a pass on the right side of the field 30 yards away from the goal. O’Leary made a move to get around a Crusaders defender, then whistled a pass to Holten, who scored into an open net for a 2-0 lead.
“Offensively, we played very, very well tonight. We moved the ball as well as we have all year,” Collinsville coach Clay Smith said. “Not only did we move the ball well, but we moved it quickly and were able to get a lot of good shots at the goal. We’ve been working on that.
“I’m pleased. We’re playing well. In girls postseason soccer anything can happen, but we’re playing well, and we’re healthy.”
O’Leary and Marten scored in the opening 10 minutes of the second half as the Kahoks’ lead increased to 5-0. Althoff tallied its only goal when sophomore Emelia O’Neill beat Kahoks goalie Morgan Lerch with just over 26 minutes left in the game.
But in the eyes of Crusaders coach Juergen Huettner, the game was never in doubt after the first seven minutes.
“They (Collinsville) scored a goal a goal with just over a minute gone and got another one six minutes later. For all practical purposes, the game was pretty much decided at that point. You can’t give a skilled team like Collinsville a 2-0 lead. We had to keep it close early, and we didn’t do that.”
Senior Lauren Zamarione added the Kahoks’ final goal.