DeKalb tops Indian Creek, advances to BarbFest championship
DeKALB – Entering in its second game of the day, the Indian Creek girls soccer team was undefeated on the season and looking to knock off DeKalb at the Barbs' own tournament – BarbFest.
Indian Creek suffered its first loss, as DeKalb got second-half goals from Morgan Beaty and Hannah Hickey and cruised to a 2-0 win over the Timberwolves.
Beaty said that DeKalb did well holding the ball and eventually broke through the Indian Creek defense.
“We did really well possessing, like we can,” the senior said. “We were finding slotted balls through. We have speed up top, so essentially any slotted ball will be dangerous. If there is anything on frame, we will be there to finish.”
Each squad beat Rochelle in their first matches of the day. Indian Creek (9-1) got goals from Madison Spooner and Renee Corriveau in a 2-0 win over the Hubs. In the next game, the Barbs (5-3-1) won 4-0, getting a pair of goals from Beaty, and goals from Ayslin Nachman and Kayla Baum.
DeKalb will play for the tournament title on Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. Indian Creek will play Hampshire for third place at the same time.
After playing to a scoreless first half with the T'wolves, Beaty received a through ball from Abby Hickey two minutes into the second. Beaty beat Indian Creek goalkeeper Josie Diehl with a shot to the far post and DeKalb led 1-0.
“That just comes down to picking up your head before you shoot and knowing where to place and know where the keeper is forcing you,” Beaty said. “We knew she was a taller keeper so you couldn’t beat her in the air, so we were going to look to slot it far post.”
Less than a minute later, Abby Hickey suffered a leg injury.. She was carted off the field and didn’t return. After the game, DeKalb head coach Phil Rouse said he doesn’t know the severity of the injury.
“I have no idea. I couldn’t tell you anything. I just don’t know. I am waiting just like everyone else is,” Rouse said.
The T'wolves defense was well-structured. Indian Creek kept its shape and the Barbs had issues throughout the game getting through.
“When a team really isn’t coming out to defend you or put pressure on you until you hit the 18 (yard box), it is tough to penetrate the box. We tried to do some things to draw them out,” Rouse said. “In the second half, we got a few slotted balls through and it opened up a little bit for a few more offensive chances.”
Despite seeing his team lose its first game of the season, Indian Creek coach Luke Anderson was proud of his squad.
Very, very happy with our performances this weekend,” Anderson said. “It was a good win for us in the first game. In the second game, we were just looking to be competitive. DeKalb is a great school and great soccer team, so we just wanted to be competitive.”