GENOA – The Indian Creek girls soccer team came out on the offensive in Wednesday's Class 1A Genoa-Kingston Sectional semifinals.
The Timberwolves were strong early, getting a couple of scoring chances, though they weren't able to convert.
For the rest of the match, however, it was all Stillman Valley, more so the Cardinals' Abby Timm, who took over as Stillman Valley defeated Indian Creek, 4-2. The Cardinals will play Rockford Christian in Saturday's regional final.
"We only had two subs. It was really a killer towards the end," Indian Creek junior midfielder Bailey Martenson said. "That's basically I think what took over."
Timm used her quick speed to get by Indian Creek (12-3) defenders all afternoon, and ended up with all four of the Stillman Valley (18-0) goals. Timm scored the first with 13:54 remaining in the first half, and her second came less than two minutes later to put the Timberwolves in a big hole.
"They have a very solid team, and [Timm] is just a phenomenal forward. We knew she would be good coming in," Indian Creek coach Luke Anderson said. "We tried to keep with her, I think (sophomore defender) Jacklyn Bouma did a good job containing her at some points, but then we were switching a few things around and trying to get Jacklyn a little more offensive.
"Really, [Timm] made the difference, getting all their goals today. Really had a hard time shutting her down."
Madison Spooner got Indian Creek on the board with 21:06 left in the second half, scoring on a penalty kick and getting the Timberwolves to within 3-1.
Bailey Martenson had Indian Creek's other goal.
"I think once we got our PK in the second half, it livened it up a little bit," Anderson said. "We got to see a little bit of change in the momentum of the game. It was just hard to keep up with Timm."
Despite the loss, there's a lot to look forward to in Shabbona. The Timberwolves return players like Spooner, Martenson and goalkeeper Josie Diehl next season, and lose only one senior, defender Jenna Pitstick.
"It was a a great season," Anderson said. "Only losing one senior, we're looking to build on this next year and we have a lot of freshmen coming in that we're excited about."