Kokomo’s girls soccer squad got a natural hat trick from Taylor Coram, two goals from Katelyn Van Horn and a netter from Cheyenne Eltringham in a 6-1 victory at Western on Wednesday night. The Kats improved to 9-7.
Coram scored the game’s first three goals. She opened the scoring in the seventh minute, pouncing on loose change in the box after an Eltringham cross was deflected by Western goalie Cybil Johnson. Coram doubled the Kats’ advantage when she was put free on the left side and moved in for a finish from the left side in the sixteenth minute. Her third goal came a dozen minutes later when she was given space and time to shoot from the left side of the box, placing a shot to the far post.
“We’re really preaching on trying to beat [opposing defenders] 1 on 1, trying to communicate more from the backfield to encourage our offense to do it,” Kokomo coach Kevin Duggins said. “We’ve always praised our defense, now we’re trying to get our defense to encourage our offense because we feel that’s where a lot of our attacks have slowed down is not being motivated by the backfield.”
Eltringham made the score 4-0 Kats at halftime when she ripped up the right side, leaving Panther defenders behind her, and roofed a close shot from a bad angle in the 36th minute.
“Those two [Coram and Eltringham] obviously have such a strong shot,” Duggins said. “Coming into this season, we knew that Coram has put a lot of shots over the goal and I think this year she’s maybe put five total the whole season, and it’s purely because now that they’re beating one player and they’re trying to force themselves to get behind that defensive line and face the goalie, then now they can pass the ball [into the goal] instead of power it. I think that’s making a difference there.”