By: Bryan Giese
Torrent Strike Twice Early In Win Over TwinStars
There is a theory that at times a visiting team takes a while to get off the bus. As the home team you can either take advantage of that situation or not. On Wednesday evening the Torrent took full advantage and rode it to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota TwinStars.
Milwaukee could not have asked for a better start to the match. The Torrent started out with two goals in the first ten minutes of the match. That would be all they would need to pick up another three points in the standings.
3 Match Goal Scoring Streak
Haley Johnson would score first for the Torrent just two minutes into the match. The TwinStars would come out with possession for the first moments of the match. As they tried to force their way through the backline of Milwaukee, the Torrent would gain control and quickly play the ball through the midfield and up to forward Aubrey Krahn. She would flick on to a streaking Johnson who would continue her run past the remaining defender. She would find herself clear on the Minnesota goalkeeper, beating her with a shot to the right of the net.
With the goal, Johnson is now up to four on the young season, having scored in each of the last three Torrent matches. Her play on Wednesday evening also earned her the women of the match award as voted on by the fans. Consistency has been the name of the game for Johnson through five matches this season.
“The biggest factor in my goal scoring consistency, I would say is being surrounded by a lot of great players who I’m able to work with,” stated Johnson when asked about her goal scoring consistency. “They’ve provided me with a lot of good scoring opportunities and thankfully I’ve been able to capitalize on some of those chances.”
Eight minutes later, the Torrent would add to their lead. This time it would come off the right foot of midfielder Jen Eberhardy. After a throw in from the far side of the pitch, Eberhardy would find the ball back at her feet. She would strike a ball toward the near post from about 20 yards out and over the head of the TwinStars goalkeeper for the teams second tally of the game.
Defense Wins The Day
Over the remaining 80 minutes plus stoppage time, the Torrent backline would combine with goalkeeper Elaina LaMacchia for the teams second straight clean sheet. Minnesota would find a few opportunities offensively, but those that found their way in on net were defended perfectly by LaMacchia. Minnesota would play a high line for much of the match, but the Torrent were prepared.
“I’m super lucky to get to work with the backline I have,” expressed LaMacchia after the game. “Kelli (Swenson), Bonnie (Lacy), Emma (Keckeisen), Katie (Koker) and Taylor (Tabbert) all have an insane work ethic. They’ll all give 100% until the whistle blows, and that definitely helped when the TwinStars began to push more girls forward. They were playing so high, it felt like Minnesota had four up top.”
The Torrent played a solid match defensively in front of LaMacchia. Their 4-4-2 formation has been accepted well by the team and has lead the team to have the second highest goal differential in the conference.
“Even with the high pressure,” LaMacchia continued, “our defense was able to keep their cool and find a way to get the ball out of our end time after time.”