BURLINGTON – Morgan Beaty thought her shot had gone out of bounds.
The DeKalb senior turned her back on the Burlington Central net, but heard one of the DeKalb fans yell, "That's a goal!"
Turns out, Beaty's long shot from the right side of the Rockets net went past Central keeper Abbigail Ciganek and into the net. The goal, Beaty's second of the match, gave DeKalb the lead and a 2-1 victory in the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional final.
"I walked over to the bench after I came off and I had no idea what happened," Beaty said of her match-winning goal.
The Barbs (13-3-4) will play the winner of today's match between Kaneland and Rosary in the Hampshire Sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hampshire.
The regional crown is the first for Barbs coach Phil Rouse, who took over the program in 2007.
"Six regional championships in seven years and this is the first (title)," Rouse said. "It feels real good."
Things didn't start out too well for DeKalb. The Rockets (11-8-2) got on the board less than two minutes into the match when Alyssa Messina put a shot past DeKalb keeper Maddie Frye.
It was actually the first time DeKalb had trailed in a contest since an April 24 victory at Morris.
"It was definitely (a concern), especially in a game of this caliber," Beaty said. "They came back from two (goals down) just two days before. Why not us?"
Beaty got DeKalb on the board with 24:09 left in the first half, dribbling through Burlington Central defenders before putting one past Ciganek.
The Barbs had the wind at their backs during the second half, and got countless chances while the Rockets had few opportunities.
Beaty had a shot that hit the top of the Burlington net 10 minutes into the half, and less than 10 minutes before her match-winner, Beaty had a great chance that Ciganek made a good diving save to her left.
When Beaty tied the score in the first, Rouse felt comfortable about his group's chances in the second.
"We felt like we could be stronger come the second half," Rouse said. "If we were even or ahead, we felt like we would be in a good position come the second half, because we thought, with our depth, we could wear them down a little bit."