LITHIA — Even after scoring three goals in the district final, Newsome's Karina Gutsche managed to dodge questions and deflect praise.
"She is just the most modest person you'll ever meet," Newsome coach Kelly Townsend said.
Gutsche's persona may be self-effacing, but it was her play that humbled a strong Bloomingdale team Friday.
Newsome (21-3-1) scored twice in the first 36 minutes and Gutsche recorded a hat trick as the Wolves defeated Bloomingdale 3-0 to capture the district title.
"(Scoring three goals) was pretty surprising to me," Gutsche said. "My teammates got me great balls and they all worked so hard."
Ashley Evers' strong run down the right flank set up Gutsche's first strike, which came five minutes in. Evers' cross was deflected toward the endline, but Sarah Aggers centered it to an unmarked Gutsche.
"After that quick first goal, you could see their heads start to droop," Newsome's Ana Cate said. "And the second (goal) was the nail in the coffin."
Sam Simpson lofted a perfect long ball that Gutsche ran under. Bloomingdale keeper Cristina Coca came off her line to challenge, but Gutsche got there first and tapped it in for a 2-0 lead.
Bloomingdale (13-3-2) looked better in the second half and had some chances. Kara Buono barely missed high from 22 yards away just out of halftime and then had her header turned back by a diving Kendall Graham 19 minutes later.
Gutsche then finished off her night in the 67th minute off a feed from Kayli Kishel, finding the lower left of goal.