Abbie Zoucha

Abbie Zoucha of Scotus heads the ball around a circle of Kearnery Catholic players in a game on Tuesday.

A night after pouring in eight goals in a win over Grand Island Northwest, Scotus Central Catholic girls soccer couldn't quite find the touch in the first half of a 4-0 win over Kearney Catholic.

The Shamrocks eventually did after halftime, scoring in the first minute after the break then adding three more before 80 minutes was up for a third straight win and an 8-1 record.

Senior Courtney Kosch scored three of those goals while Abbie Zoucha added to her team-leading total with another as the No. 6 SCC girls won for the second time in 24 hours. The 'Rocks are now off until Monday when they host Omaha Duchesne.

"At halftime, yes, we had a conversation," coach Kristie Brezenski said. "It's tough to play against the wind. It's a whole different game, but we just weren't on, weren't connecting."

Kosch helped turn it around on a free kick from 5 yards outside of the box in the first rush up the field after halftime.

Her lofted shot on net landed in the hands of the Kearney Catholic goalkeeper who failed to secure it while Kamryn Chohon rushed the net. She protested afterwards when a minor collision sent the ball to the back of the net, but without control of the ball, was ignored by the referee.

Kosch added two more to increase her total to nine while Zoucha now stands at 13. It's Kosch's second hat trick of the year following three goals in a 10-0 win over Omaha Concordia on March 25.

"We just had more intensity," Brezenski said about the second half. We did a better job of making sure our runs stayed wide and opened up the middle.

"Again, we're getting too congested in the middle. Once we open that up, we find room in the slot and things happen."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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