Caitlin Kennedy does not stop moving on the pitch. She has a nose for the ball and an eye for the optimal window for a shot.

Kerri Bradley, her senior running mate up front for Sacred Heart's girls soccer team, said she immediately noticed those qualities in the freshman.

"She's really a sore spot for the other team because they have to mark her hard," Bradley said.

Kennedy, who entered Monday's CHSAA match against St. John the Baptist with two goals, scored all three for Sacred Heart in a 3-1 victory over the visiting Cougars.

"It feels good," Kennedy said about her first career hat trick.

Ellen Burns assisted on Kennedy's first goal, nine minutes into the match, on a ball over the top and into the box.

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With the score tied at 1 less than two minutes into the second half, a loose ball found Kennedy in front of the net in a scrum. She got just enough of her foot on it to send it spinning past a diving Kristi Robson, who made 14 saves for the Cougars.

"Right place, right time, and I just tapped it in," Kennedy said.

Kennedy scored her third goal with 23:27 left, kicking in Hayley Oliveira's perfectly placed free kick.

Kennedy was quick to credit her teammates. "It started from the back," she said, "and everyone really hustled and played hard."

The freshman Biscardi twins -- Christina and Melissa -- joined Burns, a sophomore, on the back line. Christina, a midfielder, never had played defense, but coach Peter Bralower assigned her to Bridget Patch, who came in with four goals and six assists.

Patch scored the Cougars' only goal, on a free kick, but Biscardi limited her chances.

"She's one of the best players in the league," Biscardi said. "I was nervous, but I knew my teammates would have my back no matter what."

Freshman Sara Micheli said so with her six saves. That's a lot of freshmen making an impact for Sacred Heart.

"They deserve ," Bradley said. "Whenever they're in the game, they always contribute."