RICHMOND – Woodstock's Celia Tafoya got valuable minutes as a freshman, but nothing compared to what she experienced Tuesday.
Tafoya scored 70 seconds into the Blue Streaks' season opener against Richmond-Burton, added a second goal in the last minute of the first half and tacked on two assists after halftime.
Tafoya's fast start was a sign of things to come for Woodstock.
Senior forward Emma Dorn scored four minutes later, and the Streaks rolled past the Rockets, 5-0, in the teams' Kishwaukee River Conference game.
Anna Rowan assisted Tafoya's second goal to end the half, giving Woodstock a 3-0 lead.
"It was a nice way to get things rolling," Woodstock second-year coach Matt Warmbier said of the fast start and season-opening victory. "I think that kind of eased the pressure on all the ladies out there. It was nice to see."
Tafoya was called up halfway through last season from the JV team and played in the postseason. Her older sister, Camryn Tafoya, graduated and was an All-KRC selection.
"That's probably her best game ever at the high school level," Warmbier said. "She was able to perform well for us last year, too, but nothing like today. She's definitely going to have a much bigger role for us."
Tafoya's quick goal came as a nice surprise to the sophomore. She credited Grace Maidment, Rowan and Cameron Wormley for helping set up the goals.
"I wasn't really expecting it," said Tafoya, whose first shot of the season looped over R-B goalkeeper Kendall Haugaard and into the back of the net. "It was exciting. I scored right off the bat, and it surprised me."
Tafoya and Dorn both finished with two goals apiece for the Streaks (1-0, 1-0). Junior forward Maddy Hughes knocked in Woodstock's fifth goal and Maidment had assists on the opening two goals.
Dorn did not play her junior year, instead focusing on her club team and possible college recruitment. She had 20 goals and added 10 assists as a freshman and had an even bigger sophomore year, collecting 26 goals and 11 assists.
"I forgot how much fun it was," Dorn said. "It was fun to play with all of my friends again."
R-B coach Casey DeCaluwe called Dorn "a game changer."
"The physicality she brings and speed of play, getting behind (our defenders) ... we just weren't there," DeCaluwe said. "We'll learn from it, and we'll get better."
Tafoya said the Streaks have regional championship aspirations this year. Warmbier hopes his team can contend for a KRC title. Burlington Central won the KRC last season, going 12-0.
Woodstock goalkeeper Meghan Sutter made seven saves for the shutout. Haugaard had seven saves in the first half for R-B (1-1, 1-1), and Katelynn Carlson made eight saves in the second half.
STAR OF THE GAME
Celia Tafoya, Woodstock, so., M
Tafoya had a big first game, scoring two goals and assisting on two more in Woodstock's season-opening win.
70: Tafoya scored her first goal 70 seconds in.
AND ANOTHER THING ...
Woodstock senior forward Emma Dorn scored twice. Dorn didn't play her junior year, but she combined for 46 goals and 21 assists in her first two seasons.
Woodstock 5, Richmond-Burton 0
Woodstock 3 2 – 5
Richmond-Burton 0 0 – 0
W–Tafoya (Maidment), 2nd
W–Dorn (Maidment), 6th
W–Tafoya (Rowan), 39th
W–Hughes (Tafoya), 55th
W–Dorn (Tafoya), 74th
Goalkeeper saves: Sutter (W) 8, Haugaard (RB) 7, Carlson (RB) 8