BATAVIA – Lake Park has probably seen more than enough from Caitlin Farrell.
The Geneva senior scored twice and added an assist during Tuesday’s Class 3A Batavia Regional semifinal against the Lancers in a 7-0 rout.
Farrell also scored twice and had an assist in the Vikings' 4-1 DuKane Conference victory over the Lancers on May 2.
“I think just the fact that we wanted this for our seniors and our team as a whole was big,” Farrell said. “We wanted to come out as strong as we could because we knew they would come out strong because we beat them and normally when you beat a team they really want to win the next time.”
This time was even better than last time.
“I think the first time we played them we struggled in getting the ball behind them because they packed the back with their defense,” Farrell said. “We worked on that in practice and I think it improved drastically for us.”
Farrell redirected a cross from Ava Geen in the 11thminute and the Vikings had all the scoring they would need – but they’d get plenty more.
“I just one-timed it into the far left post,” Farrell said. “I knew it was important to start off with intensity and take as many shots as we could to get ahead on them.”
Geen matched Farrell with a pair of goals and an assist, first getting on the board in the 26th minute to make it 2-0.
“I was by the 30 and just dribbled up and saw there were a couple defenders coming,” Geen said. “None of my teammates were coming so I dribbled through and placed it in the left lower net.”
Geneva (11-5-2) then broke the game open late in the first half when Jenna Dominguez scored with 3:39 left to play. Farrell then buried her second goal with 34 seconds before halftime.
“It feels really good when you can come out and score and put a lot of them in the back of the net,” Geen said. “It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it happens, it’s a lot of fun.”
Lake Park (4-17-2) simply could not keep up with the Vikings, closing its season on an eight-game winless streak.
It was the third time this season that Geneva has scored seven or more goals in a game.
“I think we were able to keep our composure and play up top and play well with each other,” Geen said. “We played together as a team and with confidence.”
The Vikings will try to carry that confidence and offensive power into Friday’s regional title game against the Bulldogs, which should be a doozy.
Batavia won the previous meeting, 2-1, on Apr. 23, but the Vikings enjoy a slight edge in recent meetings between the rivals with a 4-3-3 mark in the previous 10 games.
Sydney Gratz, Geen and Kelly Anderson all scored in the second half for the Vikings. Katie Cannon, Anna Spindle, Margot Yelle and Anderson all chipped in with assists.