Abbie Zoucha had another multi-goal night, four different Shamrocks found the back of the net and Scotus Central Catholic girls soccer turned a mostly close affair for the first 70 minutes into a blowout late in a 5-0 win over visiting Omaha Duchesne Academy on Monday evening.
Scotus led 2-0 at halftime behind Zoucha's 14th and 15th goals of the year set up by beautiful crosses from teammates Kenzie Brandenburg then Camille Pelan.
Zoucha then set up two more goals in the second half by Tanley Miller and Pelan while Courtney Kosch scored on a free kick for her 10th of the year as Scotus improved to 9-1 on the season and ran its winning streak to four matches in a row.
The remaining schedule for the No. 6 Shamrock girls includes road contests Thursday at Schuyler and in a week at Hastings before closing the regular season at a tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
"I'd say that we're getting our formation down a lot better. We've been working on quick touches in practice, so that's coming together. I'm really proud of my team for that," Zoucha said.
"It's my senior year, so I just want to go out with my best. We don't have very many people, so people have to step up. The seniors, we're all working really hard, and we're all really good leaders, I think."
Zoucha's four-point night increased her team-leading total to 37 - an average of 3.7 points per contest. She's had a goal in every contest in which Scotus has scored and increased her assist total on Tuesday to nine.
Brandenburg found her in the 13th minute from the left wing streaking in on goal for a shot she slid to the far post with the Duchesne keeper charging.
Pelan then found her from almost the same spot seven minutes later for a 2-0 advantage.
Scotus then struggled to find the same number of chances after intermission, failing to record a shot on goal for the first 11 minutes after the break. But from the 69th minute on, the Shamrocks added three more.
First, it was Zoucha having a shot blocked by a defender that landed at the feet of Tanley Miller near the goal line. She slammed it in for a 3-0 lead.
Kosch then took a free kick from 25 yards out eight minutes later that had just enough juice to force itself through the fingertips of the Duchesne keeper for a 4-0 cushion.
Pelan then deflected a shot off her knee on a cross by Zoucha with two minutes left in the match.
"Abbie is a monster. No matter if she's hurting or tired, she'll give us an option up front," coach Kristie Brezenski said. "She's pulling it out. She knows she has to do it. She's a great leader."
Scotus only allowed two shots in 80 minutes and only one on frame but blocked that one and was only really threatened once on a free kick in the seventh minute.
The referee ruled a ball handled by keeper Emma Brandt was a backward pass allowing Duchesne a shot from just inside the penalty area. The Cardinals shot it high and wide of the far post out of danger.
"I definitely think this is our best-played game of the season," Zoucha said.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.