Last season, the DeKalb girls soccer team won its fourth consecutive BarbFest title. This season, two other local teams will be looking to knock the Barbs off their perch.
Hinckley-Big Rock and Indian Creek, as well as DeKalb, will be three of six teams that will play in the tournament. Rochelle, Hampshire and Yorkville will also be competing
“Saturday, we are hosting BarbFest, Saturday morning,” DeKalb coach Phil Rouse said. “We are excited to host our tournament. It’s been a busy week.”
Indian Creek has already beaten Hinckley-Big Rock, and the Timberwolves will try to expand on its winning ways.
IC coach Luke Anderson said that his squad is looking to be competitive in the tournament, even though Indian Creek is playing much larger schools.
Despite splitting their previous two matches, the Royals have scored nine goals in those contests.
In April, snow still an issue: Who would have thought that in the middle of April, soccer matches would be canceled because of snow? It is understandable that games will be canceled from time-to-time because of rain, but snow?
“Then, go figure, we are in the middle of April and we have a cold and snow cancellation,” Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer said.
Sycamore had its first two matches of the week canceled before heading to DeKalb on Thursday.
Kaneland and DeKalb were the only area teams to play matches Monday and Tuesday.
VIEWS: Area teams looking sharp early in the season
Before Thursday night’s contests, if you look at the six area schools’ records this season, no team has a record under .500. That has to be an encouraging sign for area athletics.
Genoa-Kingston is getting results in low scoring matches. The Cogs are 4-1 in one-goal matches and 2-1 in matches where the deficit is more than one goal.
Kaneland won the West Aurora tournament earlier this week by beating East Aurora in the final. The Knights had eight different goal scorers in the final. Kaneland is also unbeaten in conference play.
Before Thursday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 East contest between Sycamore and DeKalb, both teams came into the match with winning records. The Barbs have won 2 of 3, including a conference win over Yorkville. Sycamore has yet to lose in April.
Indian Creek still has yet to lose. And, Hinckley-Big Rock can improve that record with its goal-frenzy offense and its matches during the weekend.
All in all, the local girls soccer teams are in pretty good shape heading into the heart of the season. Before we know it, it will be the middle of May and regionals will be right around the corner.
• Travis Zuellig is a sports contributor for the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hinckley-Big Rock, senior, forward
Paver has scored three goals and added an assist in her past two matches.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Indian Creek at DeKalb, 12 p.m., Saturday
Indian Creek will put its undefeated record on the line against the Class 3A power DeKalb in the Barbs first matches at BarbFest.
Sycamore at Kaneland, 4:30 p.m., Thursday
After the Spartans visit Morris and the Knights visit Yorkville on Monday, both teams will try to remain undefeated in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play in Thursday’s match in Maple Park.
1. Sycamore (5-1, 1-0-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East)
2. Kaneland (7-1)
3. DeKalb (3-3-1, 1-0-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East)
4. Indian Creek (5-0)
5. Genoa-Kingston (6-3, 4-2 Big Northern)
6. Hinckley-Big Rock (4-3-1)