DeKALB – The last time the DeKalb girls soccer team played Yorkville, it was a cold and windy night match. For the title match of BarbFest, it was a cool morning, but, the results of the matches were the same.
The Barbs scored three goals in each half to cruise past the Foxes, 6-0, and earn a fifth straight BarbFest title.
“I thought it was the best soccer we have played so far this year,” DeKalb coach Phil Rouse said. “Really, it was the movement off the ball to help us possess and then we really just took advantage of the opportunities we had.”
DeKalb senior forward Morgan Beaty had two goals and two assists in the match. She said the Barbs’ ball movement made the difference.
“We did extremely well, especially, just the movement off the ball was really, really high, which is what we have been working on in practice,” Beaty said.
Beaty opened the scoring six minutes after the opening whistle. The senior collected a cross from Ayslin Nachman and fired home.
Nachman scored the second Barb goal, this time getting a pass across the box from Beaty. Hannah Hickey closed out the scoring in the first half for the Barbs (8-3-1). The freshman pounced on a Fox mistake and poked it into the empty net.
“I thought we did a real nice job of possessing, and shielding and probing,” Rouse said. “When it wasn’t there, we did force it into the middle.”
Less then a minute into the second half, Kayla Perkins made a darting run through the midfield and eventually scored. Maddie Krmenec scored the fifth Barb goal, after a nice 1-2 passing play with Beaty put Krmenec in on net. Beaty praised Krmenec for her play in central midfield.
“Maddie Krmenec was just spectacular in the middle of the field. We moved her from outside back to the middle of the field,” Beaty said. “The looks and the slotted balls through from her were just really on today.”
Naturally, Beaty scored the sixth and final Barb goal. She finished with five goals in the three-game tournament, and was named to the all-tournament team.
“It is just a senior showing the tremendous leadership and the talent that she has,” Rouse said. “We have asked different things from her every year, and every year has been a different challenge for her. This year, we asked her to be more of a primary scorer but also a table-setter. She has embraced that role.”
T’wolves top Hampshire on penalty kicks: Indian Creek continued its winning ways against Hampshire in the third-place match of BarbFest. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, before the Timberwolves topped the Whip-Purs in the penalty shootout, 2-1.
The Timberwolves (9-1) had to face the wind in the first half and trailed 1-0 at halftime. In the second half, Indian Creek notched a goal to tie the match. Freshman Renee Corriveau got on the end of a Madison Spooner header and the Timberwolves equalized.
The match was forced to a penalty shootout. Indian Creek scored on its first two kicks and got key saves from goalkeeper Josie Diehl.
“It’s a great win for us. I don’t think that we have ever taken third in this tournament,” Indian Creek coach Luke Anderson said. “It is a great momentum boost to continue into the rest of season as we look forward to the postseason.”
Royal also win on PKs: Hinckley-Big Rock edged Rochelle, 1-0, on penalty kicks, 3-2, to wrap up fifth place in the tournament.
All-tournament team: Morgan Beaty, DeKalb; Ayslin Nachman, DeKalb; Marin Meiners, Rochelle; Andrea Binkley, Hinckley-Big Rock; Lexi Maze Hampshire; Kalia Higa, Hampshire; Madison Spooner, Indian Creek; Bailey Martenson, Indian Creek; Aspen Bialek, Yorkville; Sophie Bolanas, Yorkville.