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Rosary girls soccer beats host West Aurora to win tournament

AURORA – The Rosary girls soccer team turned the tables on West Aurora on Wednesday.

Quincy Kellett and Kaitlin Johnson each scored two goals with an assist to lead the Royals to a 6-2 rout of the host Blackhawks in a match that decided the championship of the West Aurora tournament.

Rosary (5-1-2) finished the four-team round-robin tourney with a 2-0-1 record, while West Aurora wound up 2-1. Kaneland defeated East Aurora, 2-0, to take third place.

The Royals had revenge on their minds because the Blackhawks beat them last year en route to winning the Rosary tournament.

“Our coach kept telling us that last year they played us in our tournament and they beat us,” Kellett said. “So she said if we beat them today in their tournament it will be like revenge. We played hard at the beginning. We played 10 minutes of great soccer in the first half.”

The Royals grabbed an early 2-0 lead by scoring twice in a 33-second span.

Kellett streaked down the right wing and scored on a breakaway with 34:05 to go in the first half. The sophomore star then set up the second goal with a perfect cross from deep in the right corner that found the head of the unguarded Johnson in front.

Johnson, a Michigan State signee, scored easily on a header. The first goal of the season for Johnson was scored in ironic fashion as she had missed three games earlier in the season after suffering a concussion.

“We had her up at forward,” Rosary coach Kristy Kane said. “She was a center-mid and you tend to have to head the ball a lot more at that position, but she’s a tough kid. Even though she had the concussion she’s not going to back down and not head the ball into the net if she has the opportunity.”

“She’s a great player,” Kellett said of Johnson. “It really hurt us when she was out. We both like playing forward together. We always look for each other. We had a lot of fun tonight.”

West Aurora (4-5-1) appeared poised to make a game of it when Sam O’Brien scored on her own rebound with 4:09 left in the half after Rosary goalie Lauren Frasca made a diving stop from point-blank range.

The Royals retaliated 18 seconds later when Kellett scored on a 20-yard shot from a severe angle from just outside the penalty area, lofting a ball into the crosswind that settled inside the left post for a 3-1 Royals lead.

“I thought it was going out,” Kellett said. “I just tried to turn my hips. I have an ankle injury so my ankle is taped up, so I was just trying to keep the ball in and maybe get a play in front of the goal.”

The Royals made plenty of plays in the match. Olivia Cozzoni scored off an assist from Johnson at the 30:48 mark of the second half and 10 minutes later Kellett assisted on Johnson’s second goal to make it 5-1.

Daniela Bueno scored for West Aurora before Rosary’s Taylor Gibson finished the scoring off a feed from Molly Piech with 5:17 to go.

“They just outplayed us,” said West Aurora coach Laura Wagley, whose team was trying to win the tournament for the second straight year. “I don’t think we were ready to play. All we had to do was win or tie, and we couldn’t do that.”

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