"Everybody on their team is a star player, but they have a few that stand out so we tried to put extra pressure on those couple of girls,'' said St. Joseph coach Dave Castle. "Our girls played with more intensity than they're known to play with. I'm more proud of them with this defeat than any of our wins this season.''
St. Joseph junior keeper Rachel Lee turned aside nine shots to keep her team close.
Hoover 4, Ravenswood 0
Sophomore Cassie Hammes gave the Huskies all the confidence they would need with a goal on a setup from junior Leslie Taylor late in the opening half to put them ahead to stay at 1-0.
The floodgates opened after that as Hoover's Strickland tallied an unassisted goal early in the second half, then about halfway through added another score off an assist from Amber Williams for a 3-0 advantage. Taylor chipped in an unassisted goal to round out the scoring.
The Huskies lost 3-2 to No. 16 Ravenswood (8-9-2) earlier in the season then played to a 2-2 draw last week.
"I think it helped everybody just get moving,'' said Hammes of her goal. "We were really struggling getting up. Everybody just took it from there and after that knew it was our game. We're playing tremendously. Everybody is working together.''
Hoover goalie Bailey Aab made seven saves.
"It's all about effort and execution and they're executing on the field,'' said Huskies first-year coach Greg Aab, whose team is having its best season since girls soccer started at the school. "Every game they just keep getting better.''
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