Girls Soccer: Jillian Doan’s two goals lift Lake Central to season-opening win over Crown Point
By Dave Melton For Sun-Times Media August 19, 2014 11:02PM
Lake Central's Sarah Triveline (3) use her head to direct the ball away from Crown Point's Brooklynn Darnstaedt (7) during a soccer match in St. John, IN., Tuesday, August 19, 2014. | John Smierciak/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 22, 2014 12:07PM
ST. JOHN — Lake Central’s Jillian Doan will continue to grab headlines this fall when she rejoins the football team as the kicker.
On Tuesday night, though, she reminded everyone that she’s still a pretty good soccer player, too.
The senior midfielder scored a pair of goals in the team’s season-opener with Crown Point, guiding Lake Central to a 2-1 victory over its conference rivals.
The first goal came in the game’s first minute when Doan found herself on the receiving end of a fortunate bounce.
“It bounced off of (Lake Central teammate) Alicia Donovan and I just hit it,” Doan recalled. “She did all the work, I didn’t have to do anything.”
It was a perfect way for Lake Central (1-0, 1-0 DAC) to open its new season with its new coach.
“Being in your first game as a coach, you can’t ask for much better than a goal in the first minute, right?” Lake Central coach Shawn Thomas said. “We got off to a blazing start.”
That start only got better when Doan fired home a shot from the top of the box in the 16th minute to make it a 2-0 LC advantage.
“I have her sitting in right underneath those forwards,” Thomas explained, “so with her ability to shoot from distance, she should get a lot of clean looks from that space when our forwards are running at their back lines.”
Lake Central maintained control of the possession, the chances and the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half. But Crown Point (0-1, 0-1 DAC) rallied in the second.
“We had no possession in the first half; we gave up the ball time and time again,” Crown Point coach Chris Mikrut said. “(Midfielder) Eva Kirby played more aggressive in the second half on that outside right and it changed the game for us. We started to attack with purpose, not just being scared and distributing the ball.”
It was a cross from Kirby that took a few ricochets before finding the foot of junior Malorie Henderlong for a Crown Point goal. However, that goal came with just 49 seconds remaining in the game, and the Bulldogs were unable to find an equalizer in the closing seconds.