Written by Tim Cronin
Trolls benefit from untangled Web
Memo to the other women’s soccer teams in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference: Feel free to try to stop Trinity Christian College’s Rachael Webb one of these days. Your squad would be the first to shut her down.
Webb, more and more, is the linchpin in the Trolls’ big season. Despite being closely marked — opponents are trying, after all — she scored twice last week and had three assists in Trinity’s victories over the University of St. Francis and St. Xavier University.
Webb had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory at USF, then added one of each in Saturday’s 3-0 whitewash of the Cougars at Schaaf Field. Her gaudy totals through 14 matches are 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.
Even better, Trinity’s glittery record was 10-2-2 entering this past Wednesday’s match at Cardinal Stritch, the first of four CCAC encounters that will conclude the regular-season schedule.
With defenses collapsing on her, Webb is finding open teammates when she isn’t getting an open shot. That was the case in her feeding Abby McDonald for the Trolls’ second goal late in the first half against SXU.
With four minutes left, Webb then took Kayla Diemer’s pass and scored the final marker, the capper to Senior Day festivities.
The story was similar in the week’s first match, when Trinity overwhelmed USF. Webb gave the Trolls a 1-0 lead before four minutes had elapsed, fed Diemer for the second goal in the 16th minute and — after Diemer had poured in two more goals for a hat trick, the third one coming on a nifty rebound — set up Katie Linehan for the final score of the match.
Keeper Becky Gold (8-2-2) picked up her fifth shutout of the season against the Fighting Saints, while netminder Liz Shutte scored her second victory in as many starts versus the Cougars.