MAPLE PARK – As a freshman on the DeKalb girls soccer team, Hanna Hickey was with the Barbs when they scored a win against Kaneland.
It took three years, but Hickey and the Barbs picked up another on Tuesday.
Hickey scored in the ninth minute, freshman Darian Lucas added a goal in the 36th minute and the Barbs won, 2-0, on the road.
“It feels good to have the hard work pay off and finally get the win over them,” Hickey said. “They played us tough and gave us a good game.”
The Barbs (6-4 overall, 2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) spent most of the first half taking advantage of having the wind at their backs. Maddie Hill played a ball in from the left corner, crossed it in front of the goal and Hickey knocked it in.
“We had a really good warmup, were really on top of it and came out really strong,” Hickey said. “We were just able to get a good service and finish it. She beat the defender out wide and had a clean service.”
Hickey just missed a second shot in the 18th minute, but the Barbs got an insurance goal with 4:44 left in the first half when Lucas scored when the ball bounced out of the scrum in front of the net after a corner kick.
“It was a couple kids doing some really great things,” DeKalb coach PJ Hamilton said. “They put some pressure on the ball and created some great things for us. Getting one early was crucial, but just as crucial was knowing we needed that second goal. We understood the foot doesn’t come off the gas pedal, we have to get a second.”
There was a scary moment for Kaneland in the first half when Holly Collingbourne to a shot directly to the face.
Tuesday was the first time she was in the lineup since April 8 when she was hurt in a game against Jones. Coach Scott Parillo said Collingbourne will undergo a test to see whether she has a concussion on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Knights are also missing Rachael Lutter, leaving the already young Knights even thinner.
“You have to give credit where credit is due. I can cry about injuries all I want, but everybody gets injuries,” Parillo said. “But I thought DeKalb did a great job today.”
The Knights had a chance to score in the first five minutes of the second half, when a shot went off the legs of goalkeeper Meghan Hanson and rolled a few feet in front of her. She was able to beat the closest Kaneland attackers to the ball for the save.
Hamilton said the defensive back four – Lindsy Franzene, Emma Rourke, Haley Brown and Grace Bauling – played very well.
“I thought it was another really stout performance by them,” Hamilton said. “Another shutout and continuing to get better each and every game. This was 16 players working together to continue to get a result for our team and we’re proud of the effort tonight.”
By the numbers: The two goals were the most the Knights have scored this year.
Beyond the stats: The win was the fourth in a row for the Barbs and the sixth in seven games after an 0-3 start.
They said it: “First off you have to credit DeKalb more than what we did or didn’t do,” Parillo said. “We’re battling some key injuries, but it’s not really excuses – just something you have to deal with, to make sure the other ones will step up a little bit. We’re young, have the team is underclassmen, so it’s a good learning experience for us.”
Up next: The Barbs head to Geneseo on Thursday, while the Knights head to Rochelle.