Box Hill United senior women’s tenacious attacking midfielder Caitlin Storay drew attention to the side’s combined efforts as they brushed aside Boroondara Eagles 7-0 in the Nike FC Cup Round 3 on Thursday evening.
Against the State League 1 heavyweights, Olivia Ellis bagged a double, while Storay, Asuka Kakazu, Saphri Lines and Adelyn Ayton each scored alongside an own goal from Boroondara – forced by young striker Erin Keyt.
Looking back on a tricky fixture at the Knox Regional Football Centre, the 27-year-old said, “We played well in patches – we did turn over the ball a fair bit. But once we settled down, we really worked hard for each other and put away some good chances, and kept it positive.
“They (Boroondara) pressed very fast and kept a high line. So, it made the game quite compact. We had to try and change our game plan to get in behind [their lines].”
Box Hill went into the Eagles’ fixture on a familiar surface, having trained at Knox Regional during pre-season. Storay added, “[The ball] rolls quite a lot faster on Astro[turf], so you have to adapt to it, and try and adapt fast. But we did train on it [during pre-season], so we got used to it.”
The win against Boroondara guided Box Hill to a fourth win in five matches across all competitions, and a third successive clean sheet. Storay felt this run-in is helping the team bounce back from three difficult rounds in the NPLW earlier in the season.
She reasoned, “We are motivated. We want to improve on our first [few] rounds [of] performances. We have grown as a team, but we have got [a lot] to work on. We have to keep working together, [stay] positive and just play the way we know we can.
“We are a hardworking team, attacking-minded [and] have got good pace. We have got good goal-scorers and we can drive out from the back.”
Storay, who also plied 11 seasons at Launceston City, has impressed with her work rate and footwork in the front third for Brian Roberts’ Box Hill side.
Discussing her season at Wembley Park so far, she added, “[I am] slowly getting better. [It was] a bit of a slow start and I [have had to] work my way into the team.
“But I am trying to keep working on the things that I need to improve on. Hopefully, I can keep improving and get a [more regular] spot in the side.”