CALUMET CITY | Thornton Fractional freshman Nicole Vega sure isn't fazed by the varsity game or the level of competition.
Vega scored seven goals for the United Tuesday on the way to a 9-2 win over South Suburban Blue foe Oak Lawn. Vega also added one assist in the game.
"We had a lot of passing, and talking, and communicating with each other," Vega said. "Not just through talking too, but through what we were seeing."
Less than 10 minutes into the match, Vega started the scoring for the United (6-2, 1-1) to quickly give her team a 1-0 lead.
Oak Lawn came back with a goal of its own to tie the match at 1-1, but the United responded with three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead. The United added three more first half goals to take a 7-2 lead into the half.
"We've been working on a lot of passing and making runs in practice," Vega said. "But especially communicating because that's what we need most."
Six of Vega's seven goals came in the first half, and a second half goal by Monica Munoz and a final goal by Vega expanded the Thornton Fractional lead to 9-2.
United goal keeper Riley Barnum recorded six saves in the match. Marian Catholic transfer Debo Akinsanya added one goal and one assist for the United.
"Nicole is by far our leading goal scorer right now," United coach Alejandro Lagunas said. "We're just trying to get everyone else involved. She did well, but we can't always rely on her because she is going to have some bad days."
The win evened the United's record at 1-1 in the SSC Blue. Thornton Fractional will host Bremen on Thursday at T.F. North.
"We're improving slowly but we're improving," Lagunas said of the 6-2 United. "We have a competitive team. We just want to keep getting better and better every day. Hopefully, they're not content with a win here or a win there."