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DeKalb soccer's surreal season ends in sectional final

HAMPSHIRE – In the DeKalb girls soccer team’s first sectional final in program history, the Barbs left everything out on the field.

Unfortunately for DeKalb, it just wasn’t enough.

Rockford Boylan scored two goals in the first half, and tacked on its third and final goal in the second half to beat the Barbs, 3-0, in the Class 2A Hampshire Sectional final.

“Overall, we gave it our best effort,” DeKalb goalkeeper Maddie Frye said. “Things didn’t go our way, as you can tell from the score, but we played tremendous. Leading up to this point, we have never gotten this far. I am just darn proud of the girls and everything.”

Barbs coach Phil Rouse said that his team left everything on the field and a few early mistakes cost DeKalb (14-4-4).

“100 percent effort and heart. Just had a few small mistakes in the first half that led to an early goal and we didn’t seem to recover after that,” Rouse said.

Boylan came out firing in the first half, and the Barbs were under countless pressure. DeKalb handled the pressure until Lauren Campbell made the breakthrough and fired a shot from the right side of the box to the far post to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Taylor Howe scored Boylan’s second goal and the Barbs were in a hole.

“We knew coming in that they were going to be a tough team,” DeKalb’s Morgan Beaty said. “You always know that with the private schools that it is going to be a tough contest. We just had to fight and not go down easy.”

After halftime, DeKalb began to throw bodies forward and tried to create some chances. Boylan countered by scoring its third tally midway through the half off of a corner kick.

“When you have nothing left to lose, you throw everything at them. There is no consolation prize,” Rouse said. “It is still a loss and you still go home after this. Our mentality was to leave everything on the field.”

The Barbs had a few chances towards the end of the game, but the closest they came to scoring was on a Beaty shot from distance, which sailed over the bar. Frye was busy throughout and finished with nine saves. Boylan outshot DeKalb 21-5.

Beaty said that despite the loss, this season will be a stepping stone for greater things for the DeKalb girls soccer program.

“Hopefully, everyone can make it to this point and beyond this point,” Beaty said. “Just really excited about how far we came this year.”

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