WOODSTOCK – After a relatively quiet first eight games of the season, Woodstock senior Emma Dorn is scoring goals at a rapid pace – and the Blue Streaks keep winning.
Dorn scored a hat trick Thursday in Woodstock’s win over Woodstock North, 5-1, on senior night in Kishwaukee River Conference play. The Streaks (10-5-1, 7-0-1) have won six in a row and Dorn has scored in five of those six matches.
“[I’m] looking for my opportunities and not taking shots I don’t have,” Dorn said. “If it’s not open, I’m playing it off to someone who has a better opportunity than me.”
Dorn wasted no time Thursday, scoring in the fifth minute. A corner kick deflected off North goalkeeper Hannah Fink, and Dorn was there to clean it up.
She scored again in the 10th minute, and added a third goal before halftime to give herself a hat trick in roughly the first 27 minutes of play Thursday.
“We’ve struggled to get our finishing going,” Woodstock coach Matt Warmbier said. “Emma struggled at the beginning [of the season] to get her goals going. Now she’s been on a tear lately.”
Dorn, who will play at Northern Illinois next year, did not play for the Streaks last season after scoring 17 goals as a sophomore. She instead played for her club team, Sockers FC Chicago, through the spring season in 2018.
Dorn is happy to be back in the royal blue and white. Her three goals Thursday gave her 21 for the season.
“It’s so much fun,” Dorn said. “I love playing with my friends. We’ve gotten better and better and the more experience we’re getting, the better we’re getting.”
The Streaks are happy to have her back, too. Warmbier said Dorn’s return this season was “a huge boost.”
“This is what we expected when she came back, this is what we expected throughout the season,” Warmbier said. “Now that she’s back and she’s back into top form, it’s great.”
North (8-8-3, 4-2-2) played Woodstock to a draw in their first matchup this season. Shea Jones scored the lone goal for the Thunder. Fink made 14 saves in goal.
“When it came down to it, we created a lot of quality opportunities to score and they just didn’t find the back of the net for us,” North coach John Liuzzi said. “Woodstock was able to capitalize on a couple of mistakes on our part. Obviously the scoreboard shows that.”
North sent nine shots on frame in the game and Woodstock’s Korrin Mecklenburg and Grace Maidment combined to saves eight of them. Woodstock's Stephanie Shook and Cameron Wormley each scored a goal in the second half.
STAR OF THE GAME
Emma Dorn, Woodstock, sr., F
Dorn scored three goals, raising her season total to 21. All three of Dorn’s goals came in the first half. She has scored in seven of Woodstock's last eight games.
10: The win was Woodstock’s 10th this season, marking the sixth straight season the Blue Streaks have won at least 10 games.
AND ANOTHER THING …
Woodstock (7-0-1 in the KRC) kept pace with Burlington Central (6-0) atop the KRC standings. The two will square off twice in the final week of the regular season.
Woodstock 5, Woodstock North 1
WN 1 0 – 1
Wdk 3 2 – 5
Wdk – Dorn, 5th minute.
Wdk – Dorn, 10th minute.
WN – Jones, 25th minute.
Wdk – Dorn 28th minute.
Wdk – Wormley, 43rd minute.
Wdk – Shook (Dorn assist), 75th minute.
Goalkeeper saves – Woodstock North: Fink 14. Woodstock: K. Mecklenberg 5, Maidment 3.