DeKALB – It was a tough opening day of BarbFest for the Hinckley-Big Rock girls soccer team.
After dropping the first match to Yorkville, 1-0, the Royals led Hampshire in the second half of their second game of the tournament, but two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game gave the Whip-Purs a 3-2 win.
“These games should hurt and while we are making progress, there has got to be that breakthrough," H-BR coach Paul Taeuber said. "Losing these games by a goal and giving up those ‘softer’ goals needs to stop."
The Royals (4-5-1) took an early 1-0 lead over Hampshire within 10 minutes of the first half. Jacqueline Madden drew a penalty, and the junior attacking midfielder stepped up and slotted home from 12 yards for an early H-BR lead.
With the score tied at halftime, some brilliant build-up play by Madden and Andrea Brinkley led to a second Royal goal. Madden played a crossing ball over the top of the defense and Brinkley collected. Brinkley was alone in the box and scored.
“What we talked about today was making sure that there are more connections and different types of movement,” Taeuber said. “On that particular play, they used the width and got an overlap. And then that cross into that space on the middle.”
H-BR conceded two goals late, including one with less than three minutes left, and Hampshire escaped with the win.
In the first game, the match was fairly even. One Yorkville goal proved to be the difference. H-BR had too play both of their games back-to-back. That can be tough on teams to have to turn it around so quickly.
“The tougher part about today, is playing two [games] back-to-back is never easy,” Taeuber said. “We get to play Yorkville again — I think that game could go differently. And when we play Hampshire again at regular strength, that game could go differently.”
The Royals will play Rochelle in the fifth-place game Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m.