SANDY When Lauren Roundy first arrived at Alta after transferring from Brighton, she felt unsure of what role she would play with the Hawks.
Roundy's natural position, striker, she shared with two of the state's best Kealia Ohai and Ashley Jones. It made her feel nervous, and she could not help wondering how she would measure up to that duo.
Based on what she did against Viewmont, it appears the junior has given the Hawks another weapon.
Roundy scored a pair of goals and assisted on another to help Alta run away from the Vikings in a 7-0 rout on its home field on Friday afternoon.
At times, Roundy seemed to slip past the defense unnoticed and set herself up in the right spots to make plays. She had never played Viewmont before when she was at Brighton and counted on being an enigma to them.
"I was kind of like a new player," Roundy said. "They didn't know anything I did. It was nice to know they didn't know any of my strengths or weaknesses. So it was kind of like a whole new start for me."
Roundy quickly found the best way to make introductions. She set up Alta's first goal during the sixth minute by flicking a pass to Rose Arthur in the 6-yard box, which Arthur easily tapped across the line.
Roundy produced her first goal in the 16th minute when Ohai dribbled around a defender and fired a shot from the top of the penalty area. The ball hit low on the left post and bounced wide. Roundy gathered in the ball and fired it back at the net like a slingshot. It hit the crossbar and bounced down and in.
Her second goal, in the 63rd minute, came on a scramble for the ball in front of the net after Viewmont failed to clear it away properly. Roundy got ahead of several other players and poked the ball in the net to make it a 5-0 advantage.
"She's really good at the garbage goals," said Ohai, who finished with a goal and a pair of assists. "If you are hitting the post or hit wide, she'll be there to get the follow-up."
Fellow junior Rachel Motzkus matched Roundy's offensive effort with her own pair of goals. Her first goal put Alta up 3-0 before halftime when she tapped in a running shot in the 20th minute. Ohai drove Shaylee Petersen and Carly Hutchings around the near side and threaded the ball toward the left post. Motzkus converged on Ohai's cross perfectly and one-touched it home.
Defensively, the Hawks looked strong. Viewmont had occasional clean shots here and there. But the Vikings struggled to control possession to any degree against a defense that seemed to blanket the ball.
Alta has outscored its opposition 11-0 in two games so far. But Hawks coach Lee Mitchell still sees plenty of room for improvement in several defensive areas.
"We're still behind where we were last year," Mitchell said. "We're not communicating well enough, and we're not marking or clearing the ball well enough at times. But we'll get there."
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