DeKALB – A few early goals can open the floodgates, and that is exactly what happened for the DeKalb girls soccer team against Rockford Guilford on Tuesday night.
The Barbs got goals from Abby Hickey and Sam Myers-Miller in the opening 10 minutes, serving as a catalyst for DeKalb in an 8-0 victory. Natalie Vaughn-Low scored two goals in the win.
“I think that we played well together,” Hickey said. “I think that the momentum definitely picked up and we found that we could make a lot of opportunities from this game. So, we tried to play together.”
Barbs head coach Phil Rouse was pleased with how his team started the contest.
“You always like to put pressure on a team early,” Rouse said. “The two opportunities we had early, I don’t think there was anything special about it – they were a connection of passes and good finishes at the end.”
The first goal came from a combination play by Morgan Beaty and Izzy Pizano before Pizano fired in a cross from the right wing. The cross found Hickey in the middle of the box and senior comfortably finished.
Three minutes later, Myers-Miller scored the goal of the night. The ball popped out to her 25 yards from goal and Myers-Miller fired a screamer to the far post and the Barbs (2-2) led 2-0.
“Abby (Hickey) had a real nice finish and we had a good shot from about 25 (yards) out that Myers-Miller put on frame," Rouse said. "That was a great soccer play."
The Barbs' third goal came from Vaughn-Low. The freshman received a pass from Caitlyn Hottsmith at the top of the box. Vaughn-Low turned well, took a few dribbles and scored.
Substitutes Leah Fassig and Alexis Hammond combined for the fourth goal. Hammond provided a cross that Fassig slotted home. Maddy Rogers scored the fifth goal on a breakaway after being released by a through ball after nice passing by Ayslin Nachman and Kayla Perkins. Goals by Perkins, Beaty and Vaughn-Low rounded out the scoring.
“It was some very unselfish play,” Hickey said.
Maddie Frye earned the clean sheet in net for the Barbs. Frye made a save on the only shot she faced. Coach Rouse credited the team for why Frye had little action.
“Even when you don’t have to use your keeper when you are possessing the ball, that is tremendous ball movement and tremendous off the ball,” Rouse said. “I would say the whole team takes credit for that.”