The DeKalb girls soccer team got a goal in the 53rd minute from Maddie Hill and the Barbs won their fifth straight game, 1-0, Thursday night at Geneseo.
The Maple Leafs had won 21 straight regular season matches coming into the game. The Barbs (7-4 overall, 3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12) also beat perennial power Kaneland earlier in the week, 2-0.
“We knew their record going in and I’m really, really pleased with the result,” DeKalb coach PJ Hamilton said.
The Barbs play for the title in their home tournament at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, against either Grayslake North or Yorkville.
“We talk about taking it one game at a time, but I’m pleased with the week we put together,” Hamilton said. “It should give us a lot of confidence heading into the championship game of BarbFest.”
Cogs fall in PKs: Genoa-Kingston jumped out to an early lead but fell in penalty kicks, 2-1, to Winnebago at home.
Jessica Pope scored a goal off an assist by Sarai Orozco to give the Cogs (4-7-2) a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
H-BR draws with Harvest Christian: Tori Prellberg scored from 20-yards out in the closing minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw against Harvest Christian.
The Royals were trailing 2-1 before Prellberg scored off an assist from Alexis Coronilla with 3:25 remaining in the match. Sam Noble scored a goal early in the first half off an assist from Renee’ Corriveau less than four minutes into the game.
Hinckley-Big Rock will face Indian Creek at BarbFest at 9 a.m. Saturday in DeKalb.
Kaneland breezes past Rochelle: The Knights had four players score and shut out Rochelle, 4-0.
Lindsay Penkala, Gabrielle Faletto, Becca Geringer and Abbie Lomahan all scored goals for the Knights, who improved to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the Northern Illinois Big 12.
Barbs take second at Batavia: DeKalb junior Bri Buggs set a program record in the girls 100-meter dash and the Barbs took second at the Carlson-Anderson Invite at Batavia.
Buggs finished the dash with a record-breaking time of 12.35 seconds. She was also on the 400 relay and 800 relay teams that took first place.
Freshman Bri Barwick took first place in the 100 hurdles and sophomore Katherine Olsen was first in the 800 run.
H-BR trio have big day at Amboy: Hinckley-Big Rock senior Audrey Harrod had a big day for the Royals girls track team at the Gordon Mool Invitational, sweeping the sprint events with wins in the 100 dash (13.4 seconds), 200 (28.9) and the 400 (1:01.5).
Olivia Saucedo won the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) and was second behind Harrod in the 100 and 200. On the boys side, Tanner Chada took first place in the 1,600 (5:00.5).
Brandon Jackson (400, 3,200), Shawn Jakubiec (shot put, disc) and Ian Kanwischer (shot put, disc) all set season-bests.
Barbs shutout at Yorkville: DeKalb only mustered three hits and lost, 4-0, at Yorkville.
The Foxes scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning off DeKalb starter Bryce Wheeler, who took the loss allowing four hits in six innings and striking out eight.
Eric Nelson, Matt Searls and Charles Roberts all had singles for the Barbs in the loss.
Gargani solid in loss for G-K: Starting pitcher Nick Gargani was on the losing end of a pitchers duel in a 1-0 defeat at Dixon.
The Dukes scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Gargani allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight. Zach Butler went 2 for 4 for the Cogs in the loss.
Havis’ big day leads Kaneland: The Knights scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth and beat Rochelle 14-4 in Maple Park.
Preston Havis had a big day, going 2 for 4 with two home runs, three runs and three RBIs. Jack Marshall and Luke Calabrese each collected two hits and two runs in the win.
Royals fall to Newark: Jacob Diveley had a solid game at the plate but Hinckley-Big Rock lost, 14-2, at home to Newark.
Diveley went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Tate Sanderson was 1 for 1 with a run and two walks.
Cogs top Oregon: Olivia Simmons and Kayti Beauchamp kept the Oregon offense in check and the Cogs earned a 7-2 win at home over Oregon.
Simmons got the win by throwing the first five innings and Beauchamp pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Lexi Howie had multiple hits and added a stolen base.
IC wins big: The Timberwolves had no problem with Paw Paw, winning 16-0 at home.
The game was called in the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.
DeKalb edged by L-P: The Barbs got a pair of wins from their singles players but fell, 3-2, at LaSalle-Peru.
Jose Flores won, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 singles and Blake Mirman won, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2 singles.