SYCAMORE – The rivalry between DeKalb and Sycamore girls soccer was renewed Thursday, albeit with no winner.
The match was a physical battle which ended in a scoreless tie at Sycamore High School.
Both teams struggled advancing the ball in the first half. In the second, both the Barbs and Spartans’ offenses started moving the ball with more success but failed to put a shot past the goalkeepers.
DeKalb’s goalkeeper Maddie Frye had an impressive outing with several important saves in the second half. Her performance was a key factor in the Barbs being able to savor the tie.
“I thought I did pretty good for what we had going, the last save I made I thought that was a pretty good save on my part, and I don’t really pat myself on the back too often,” Frye said. “It was a great hit right near the post, so that was an amazing shot but I got there right in time.”
DeKalb coach Phil Rouse and Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer both put an emphasis on physicality, which was evident in the scoreless match.
“We have hard practices on and against each other, and you can see that in our [games],” Frye said.
Sycamore goalkeeper Drew Moulton, also had a successful day with a shutout as well.
“I thought we we’re communicating really well, also with the constant switching of the defense in the second half I thought we adjusted very well,” Moulton said.
The tie puts Sycamore at 5-1-1 and 1-0-1 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East, while DeKalb moves to 3-3-1 and 1-0-1 in conference play. While Both teams are undefeated in league play, both the coaches and players know the tradition of the rivalry and how important it is.
They also know the postseason is more important.
“Ice, Gatorade, rest, and we’ll get up early tomorrow for practice. For a soccer player pain is a part of the game, it’s just about how you manage that pain,” Rouse said. “I just tell them to get their rest tonight.”
The Spartans and Barbs will meet again May 6 at DeKalb. There’s also a possibility they meet in the postseason, as both teams are part of the IHSA Class 2A Burlington Central Regional.
“This was a very emotional match. You have to experience them a little bit, because that will help you down the road for the state tournament when emotions are high,” Lichamer said. “It will help you keep your composure.”