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GIRLS SOCCER INSIDER: Sophomores anchoring Indian Creek defense

Morris junior Emily Burling (23) brings the ball in against Kaneland sophomore Taylor Zitkus during the first half April 15 in Morris.
Morris junior Emily Burling (23) brings the ball in against Kaneland sophomore Taylor Zitkus during the first half April 15 in Morris.


Morgan Beaty

DeKalb, senior, forward

Beaty’s two goals and two assists led the Barbs to their fifth straight BarbFest title. The senior striker has scored four goals and had three assists in her past three matches.


1. Kaneland  (9-1-1, 4-0-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East)

2. Sycamore (6-3-1, 2-2-1 NI Big 12 East)

3. DeKalb  (8-3-2, 3-0-2 NI Big 12 East)

4. Indian Creek (12-1)

5. Genoa-Kingston (11-5-1, 6-2-1 Big Northern)

6. Hinckley-Big Rock (4-7-1)


Sycamore at DeKalb, 6 p.m. Tuesday

After playing to a 0-0 stalemate in their first meeting of the season, both teams will try to get the upper hand in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.

Kaneland at Hinckley-Big Rock, 6 p.m. Wednesday

The Knights look to add another win to the résumé as H-BR looks for the upset at home in this nonconference matchup.

NOTEBOOK: Sophomores anchoring Indian Creek defense

Indian Creek is having one of the best seasons in its program’s history and the team is playing plenty of young players.

Holding down the team defensively are sophomores Jacklyn Bouma and Josie Diehl. Bouma has been playing sweeper all season and Diehl has been in goal.

“Defensively, our sweeper Jacklyn Bouma has been a lifesaver in many games,” Indian Creek coach Luke Anderson said.

The T’wolves only loss this season was against DeKalb at BarbFest. Indian Creek’s defense is extremely organized, and even the Barbs had struggles breaking it down. In the third-place game against Hampshire, Diehl made two penalty saves in the shootout victory.

The strong regular-season record helped Indian Creek earn a No. 1 seed at the Genoa-Kingston Regional.

Knights’ opponents not scoring: Kaneland’s goal conceded record is astonishing.

Kaneland has played 11 games this season. In those games, the Knights have only conceded four goals, and two of those goals were in the team’s opening game.

“We don’t give up a whole lot of goals, that is for sure,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “They are playing well but when it comes to defense, it is the whole team.”

The Knight defense includes Emily Chapman in goal and Emily Grams, Taylor Zitkus, Delaney Stryczek and Nicole Koczka make up the back four. 

But, as Parillo said, it is a full team effort. In addition to the goal conceded record, Kaneland had scored in every contest before Wednesday’s game against DeKalb.

“I think the reason we have a good record is because we have a good goalie, a good defense, we have a good midfield and we possess the ball well. We have multiple scorers on the team,” Parillo said.

Five games in two days for G-K: Last weekend, Genoa-Kingston played in five matches over a two-day span in the St. Edward tournament. The Cogs finished the tournament with a 3-2 mark.

“We actually did pretty well,” G-K head coach Randy Tate said. “Overall, I was pretty happy with what had and the way we played.”

On the first day, G-K split with a shutout win over Larkin and a tough 5-0 defeat to host St. Edward.

On Saturday, the Cogs recorded two more wins. Those wins were over Westminster Christian, 2-1, and another clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Harvest Academy.

The loss was a tough match against Streamwood, in which G-K led 2-0. An injury on the Cogs backline was a turning point.

“We had to reorganize the defense, and obviously we didn’t get it organized as they scored three goals on us,” Tate said.

VIEWS: Class 1A postseason right around the corner

It’s finally May.

Schedules are winding down and the home stretch of the season is upon us. Less than two weeks from today, the 1A state soccer tournament will kick off and three local teams will be in contention.

Indian Creek and Genoa-Kingston are seeded first and second, respectively, in the G-K Regional, while Hinckley-Big Rock will be the No. 3 seed in the H-BR regional.

With this setup, there is a chance for two local 1A teams to win regional titles. The dream matchup for area would be Indian Creek and. G-K up in Genoa, with the winner advancing to a sectional also hosted by the Cogs.

G-K head coach Randy Tate says there is no real frontrunner in the G-K Sectional.

“I think our sectional is a pretty wide open sectional. I don’t see any big dominate teams like we used to have in the past,” said Tate. “I think on any given night, there are several teams that can win. It’s going to be a real interesting sectional.”

Indian Creek has already beaten the Cogs this season. It was a 4-2 win back on April 7. Madison Spooner recorded a hat trick for the T’wolves.

“I feel pretty good about our chances. Indian Creek is probably the favorite because they beat us,” Tate said. “Hopefully, we can get everybody back and ready for that game, if we get to that point.”

But, a lot has changed since this matchup. Indian Creek and G-K have each padded their record with quality wins in tournaments. Both sides have played some good competition in the past month and hope that all this experience will help push them to a regional title.

Indian Creek will play the No. 4 seed North Boone in the regional semifinals and G-K will host No. 3 seed Mendota.

• Travis Zuellig is a contributor to the Daily Chronicle. Write to him at

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